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Tabaski

Today is Tabaski or Eid ul-Adhâ which is most festive and important day for Muslims.  It comes two months and ten days after the end of Ramadan or Eid ul-Fitr.  

pc060188Sheep and goats are being transport either by mini bus, motorcycle or herd away walking to Bamako   

pc060190………or by car

On this day, celebrants slaughter a sheep to commemorate the biblical story of Abraham, who was on the verge of sacrificing his son to obey God’s command when God interceded by substituting a ram in the child’s place.

pc060192Goat and sheep are everywhere in Bamako to cater for the festival of Tabaski

pc060193Another view of the place where sell and buy goat happen. A woman selling leaves for goat feeding

Muslims who can afford to do so sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows, and goats) as a symbol of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) sacrifice. The sacrificed animal is divided into thirds and given equally to family, friends, and the poor. Tabaski means that your willingness to be parted away with your belongings.

pc090195Then carrying goat back home with motorcycle.

For weeks now the streets here in Bamako have been full of sheep and goats as people get ready for the sacrifice. Men and women went to the mosque for Eid ul-Adha prayer in the morning and then slaughtering of the sheep and goats will start after. Women spend the day cooking and making themselve look beautiful. Hair salon and tailor were busy entertaining their client for new hairdo and new boubou

pc080194Congregation at the mosque for Eid ul-Adha prayer

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4 thoughts on “Tabaski

  1. Dear Fauziah

    Thanks for your good word. I also did think will come back here so soon but then something need to be attended so urgently.

    Happy Eid ul-Adha to you too

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