Joining an Idul Adha Celebration

The mooing cow was already on its side, more or less securely fastened to a few stakes, its neck suspended over a deep hole. Behind it was another cow, still feisty and resistant, kicking at the men trying to restrain it. My host grandfather approached the subdued cow with a knife and prayed before he…

Holiday cooking for the whole neighborhood

“On Bangka, Qurban (the ritual sacrifice) is only a small part of a larger Lebaran tradition. Celebrating Idul Adha with my Indonesian host family meant that I helped weave palm leaf baskets for the ketupat (a traditional Indonesian package of rice), cook food for the entire neighborhood, buy traditional island snacks that filled jars for…

Photos of Idul Adha from around Indonesia

Idul Adha (or Eid al-Adha) is an Islamic holiday celebrated during the Hajj pilgrimage season to honor the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son before God. Every year, Muslims around the world gather in crowds to sacrifice cows or goats in bloody displays before dividing the meat, with special consideration usually given to poor.…