Eid-al-Adha…The event

Some background about the day. Muslims celebrate this day to honor Prophet Ibrahim when he submitted to sacrifice his son for the will of Allah. God then substituted a lamb to sacrifice. Every Muslim (if one can afford) is supposed to sacrifice ab animal on the 10th day of the 12th Muslim month. Some sacrifice a goat/lamb/sheep. It costs around $200 now a days. Those who cannot afford can share an Ox. Seven people (max) can share an ox. It cost around $80. The meat is divided in three equal parts. One is for yourself. One part is distributed among one’s relatives and close friends (preferably to those who have not sacrificed). The third part is distributed to the poor of the society. I know people who cook meat only during Eid-al-Adha. So, it is a religious as well as social event.

I come from a large family and everybody gathered at my native village. We sacrificed 16 goats and 06 oxen.



The animals are slaughtered one by one by professional butchers. Several family members also participate.

It is not easy to slaughter an ox.


I have skipped the graphic follow up.

The following was the goat I sacrificed.


My nephew slaughtered it.


The event was big and busy for us. We had to set up a station for the activity.


Finally the meat is gathered and packed in small packets for distribution.


On the third day we had a feast. More about it tomorrow.

Hope you like the post.


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8 comments on “Eid-al-Adha…The event
  1. Victoria says:

    So glad you didn’t show any graphic photos. I’m a carnivore, but not good with photos of animals being killed. Once they’re dead, I can clean a fish, chicken or rabbit, but can’t say I could do the same for a large animal.

    Interesting to hear about your religious festivals. I’m not familiar with any of them.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Personally I am not courageous enough even to slaughter a chicken. I do my best to portray culture, religion based customs and daily life in my blog. I appreciate your appreciation.

  2. This is very interesting, thank you for sharing this experience.

  3. Thank you for sharing the cultural information. A teacher you are!

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