Sunday 6 November 2011

Fete du Mouton a.k.a. Eid Al-Adha a.k.a. Festival of Sacrifice/Sheep

Bonne fete!

Fete du Mouton is a Muslim holiday celebrated roughly 70 days after the end of Ramadan, the once-a-year fast for Muslims. The day commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God; however, God provided a sheep (“mouton” in French!) to be sacrificed instead.

Thus, Cameroonians do what they do best today: eat good food i.e. sheep! The festivities last through tomorrow, so my kitchen will rest untouched the next couple days while I have a handful of houses to share meals with!

Dali, one of my neighbors and best friends, proudly displaying our feast! Presentation is everything.

It's family-style eating! Everyone eats off one plate, but since I'm the American, they provide me with my own plate.

Adorable kids of Tongo Pastoral.

Getting Cameroonian sipa done (equivalent of Indian henna). I was told the appointment would be at 3PM, but African time took over, so now it's 7PM!

Isn't it beautiful?

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