What I am sharing here is my experience of ‘Eid-ul-Adha in Algeria but of course it could be the same in any other Muslim country, maybe with just few differences.
I have always spent ‘Eid-ul-Adha in Europe and the first time I have experienced it in Algeria, I have really understood the ‘meaning’ of that particular ‘Eid; nothing to do with the one I was used to spend in a non-Muslim enviroment.
First of all, let’s say the truth: there is no kebsh (sheep) in the backyard or in the garden, or even the balcony (!!!) when you spend the first 10 days of dhul-hijjah in Europe. Or at least I have never seen it. And the presence of that animal already makes a huge difference, it takes us back to the real meaning of that particular ‘Eid.
Secondly, there is not the excitement you feel in a Muslim country, men talking about the sheeps: where did you get it? How much was it? Does it look a good one? Because there are some rules to follow when it comes to buying the sheep; you can read about the conditions of a sacrificial offering in Islam HERE
And then the day arrives, the ‘busy’ day of ‘Eid-ul-Adha: ghusl, prayer and then back home to offer the sacrifice: and you finally learn and understand what ‘halal meat’ really means! Alhamdulillah! A very busy morning, here are the etiquettes of slaughtering.
The men, the boys, the kids and also some women help out. A lot of cleaning to do, it really takes physical work, ma shaa Allah. So what’s for lunch? Liver of course! And believe me, even if you don’t really like liver, try it, it is completely different from the one you buy from the butcher.
It takes few days to finish with the cleaning of the sheep but let’s not forget that there are coffee and gateaux to keep us going!
May Allah accept it from us!