By Rebecca Kulik, Clare Volz, and Annabelle Wilmott, introduction by Chris Linnan
Eid al-Adha, commonly known as Idul Adha in Indonesia, is the second of two official Muslim holidays. Idul Adha celebrates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son Ishmael. In Indonesia the holiday is an occasion for celebration with your friends and neighbors. Muslim families that can afford to will sacrifice cows, goats, etc. The family keeps one-third of the meat, distributes one-third to the community, and the remainder goes to the poor. At many ETAs’ sites our schools are a hub for the sacrifice and distribution of the food.
Idul Adha in Telaga, Gorontalo. By Rebecca Kulik.
A dying cow bucks at my neighborhood sacrifice in Telaga, Gorontalo.
Some of my neighbors in Telaga check their phone during the sacrifice. Gorontalo.
Blood drips onto the floor of the mosque as the cows are butchered above. Gorontalo.
A little girl in Telaga, Gorontalo stands in front of sacrifices being butchered.
Idul Adha in Semarang, Java. By Clare Volz.
Students at MAN1 in Semarang, Java find fun in their work.
Rebecca Kulik is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Telaga, Gorontalo. She graduated from Grinnell College in 2014 with a degree in history. Clare Volz is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Semarang, Java. She graduated from Ohio University in 2014 with a degree in Integrated Language Arts AYA Education in 2014. Chris Linnan is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan and is an Emory University 2014 graduate.