Sunday, 6 November 2011

It's Eid... Let's Eat!

Today is a special day in the Islamic calendar, Bakra Eid, also known as Eid-Ul-Adha, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Muslims all over the world. Bakra Eid is the “festival of sacrifice”, an occasion when Muslims pay thanks for their good fortune by sharing and giving to the less fortunate. It also marks the end of the month during which devout Muslims make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Traditionally, Bakra Eid, which falls approximately 70 days after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is marked by the slaughter of animals as sacrificial offerings, known as Qurbani. The meat is then distributed among the poor.

During the two-day festivities Muslims offer prayers at the mosque, wear new clothes and visit the homes of their nearest and dearest. One of the key ingredients of the celebrations is the delicious food, which includes sweets, desserts and beverages, cooked for family and friends. We’re not talking your usual curry or kebab. Surprisingly, many people outside the Islamic world are unfamiliar with common Eid foods. So, what is eaten during Bakra Eid?

The answer is, a little bit of everything. From lamb stew (gosht salan) to sweet rice pudding (kheer) to fish kebabs. A variety of food is prepared with a fusion of different cultures including Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Arabic. See for yourself below!

Showreel by Shabana Adam on Vuvox

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