Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Eid In Fez ~ 2013 ~A Photo Essay

Local men and women praying in the street

Eid al-Adha in Fez is one of the most important festivals of the year. The numbers of people praying at Eid is so great that they spill out of the mosques into public spaces. But after the morning prayers the slaughtering of an animal by the king marks the beginning of two different observances of the day 

The first is in the private homes of Moroccans, where at least one lamb, goat or calf is sacrificed and food prepared for the extended families. The second is on the streets where those unable to afford an animal are given the heads and feet of animals - which are then barbecued, usually on an old bed frame.

The View from Fez was invited to a private home for the celebration. Our thanks to Rachida El Joukh and her family.

Our sheep - moments before the sacrifice
Skinning the sheep is a well practised art
The stomach lining is removed in one piece and used to wrap fresh sheep liver
Sheep liver kebabs, with onion and chilli
The freshest meat on the planet - on a charcoal fire in the kitchen

Meanwhile... out in the streets, the scene is one that some visitors find a little confronting - the sight of sheep heads and feet being barbecued on old bed bases. For a few hours the Medina is enveloped in a haze of smoke

A typical street barbecue 


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