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Eid al-Kabir

Moroccans and other nationals from North Africa celebrate Eid al-Kabir today in Felanitx and the rest of the island. The holiday marks the end of the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The festivity is also known as Eid al-Adha. Celebrations start 70 days after the end of Ramadan and usually last for three days. Not here, though, in Mallorca; here it is only a one-day holiday. The festivity is celebrated by slaughtering a male sheep or goat according to the rules of Halal and the Qur’an. The sacrificed animal then has to be shared out, giving one third to the poor and needy, preparing a meal for family members and friends with another third, and keeping only one third part for oneself and one’s immediate family.

In case you should fancy a festive lamb or goat meal, you could try a Fruity Lamb Tagine (recipe courtesy of bbcgoodfood). Heat some oil in a casserole and brown your piece of lamb (or goat) on all sides. Scoop the lamb out onto a plate, add onion and carrots and cook for 2 – 3 mins. until golden. Add some garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in spices and tomatoes, and season. Tip the lamb back into the casserole with some chickpeas and apricots. Pour over the stock, stir and bring to a simmer. Cover the dish and place in the oven for 1 hour. If the lamb is still a little tough, give it 20 mins. more until tender. When ready, leave it to rest so it’s not too hot, then serve scattered with pomegranate seeds and herbs, with couscous or rice to accompany.

Eid Mubarak.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 5th, 2011. The time was 18:14:31.

Thank you very much, BBC.

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