Eid al-Adha in Morocco is one of the most important festivities of the year for the nation’s many Muslims. Eid al-Adha means “Feast of the Sacrifice”, but it is also sometimes called Eid al Kabir, meaning “The Big Holiday”, due to its importance.
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Eid al-Adha comes at the end of hajj, the time when many Muslims go on pilgrimage to Mecca, and it lasts for three days straight. The basis of the holiday is the Koranic tradition of Ibrahim being willing to sacrifice his son Ismail on Mount Moriah of Arabia but being stopped by a voice from heaven. A ram was provided by Allah, which Ibrahim then sacrificed instead.
In Morocco, young men will obtain an animal to slaughter for Eid al-Adha, often a sheep or goat but sometimes a cow or even a camel. There are strict rules on how to do the sacrifice, on what quality of animals qualify, and on how to dispose of the waste. And much of the meat is given to the poor.
For Eid, people will attend prayer times at a mosque and meet together with family and friends afterwards to slaughter an animal and then to cook, share it and eat it. There are also a lot of cookies and other sweets consumed. And special dishes like herbel, a soup consisting of milk and wheat, are eaten, along with various meat-intensive dishes.