Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kurban Bajram

(Photo from http://www.diskusije.net/rodjendani-i-praznici-iza-nas/srecan-kurban-bajram-15972/)

Today there's no school or work in Bosnia. It's Kurban Bajram, the holiday that commemorates Abraham's willingness to offer his son as sacrifice (though here it's Ishmael who is remembered as being under the knife). Families buy sheep and then slaughter them. One-third of the meat is given to friends, one-third to the poor, and one-third provides the meat for the family feast.

On the way to church on Sunday, we were passed by a Volkswagen bus with two sheep in the back with the son, and sheep were being held in corrals around the bigger mosques.

We, however, have gone away for the holiday (no school, you know). More on that in a couple of days when we get back.

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