Eid in Oman

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After Eid prayer.
I was invited by friends and relatives to spend the "Eid" holiday in Oman and witness the Omani traditions and customs on that great day. Fortunately, the eid was one day ahead in Dubai because the crescent was seen before here and I managed to greet my family and friends and then witness a new eid in Oman the next day.

In the night I headed to Sohar in Oman where I will be spending the eid in one of my relatives house. The Omani border is only 1 hour from Dubai and an extra hour is needed to reach Sohar. We woke up early the next day and went to the "musalla", an open roof mosque for the Eid prayer, greeted each other and went to perform the ritual of sacrifice to God. As many of you might know, Muslims have only two eids.
Offering sacrifice.
One is called Eid "Al Fitter" right after Ramadan to celebrate our fasting, and the second is called Eid " Al Ath-ha" during the Hij to celebrate prophet Abraham sacrifice of his son Ishmael. It is only in the second eid that we offer our sacrifice to God.

Not going deep into religious aspect of the eid, it is also an occasion to visit our relatives and friends. For that the sacrifice meat is cooked for the lunch in which everyone will be present. The rest of the meat is given to the needy and the relatives. However, Omanies have a distinguished tradition from other Gulf countries. The first day of Eid is dedicated for sacrificing and preparing the lunch for the second day. The meat is cooked in a traditional way in which it is placed in a buried hole for almost a whole day!

The hole is usually dug before and made of concrete wall.
Then wood is burned in the afternoon and left to become charcoal by sunset when its time to bury the meat. In the meanwhile the meat is washed, seasoned and placed in special bags made of palm leaves. The bags are then covered by green palm or banana leaves. The reason is to protect the meat from getting burned. By sunset, all the neighbors will gather in an annual occasion to throw their meat in a shared hole and bury it after covering the opening. Some fire their rifles and some will carry the meat from their homes in a carnivalistic march to the hole.

The hole is monitored all the time to prevent air from getting in, otherwise fire will burn the meat. In next day afternoon, the hole is opened and the meat bags are taken back home for launch. The meat is eaten with white rice and cutting it is like cutting butter. I never ate tasty meat like that in my life.
cotton_foam says:
very informative blog! great job!
Posted on: Oct 12, 2014
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After Eid prayer.
After Eid prayer.
Offering sacrifice.
Offering sacrifice.
seasoning the meat with salt and t…
seasoning the meat with salt and …
Falaj or falay in the local accent…
Falaj or falay in the local accen…
The wood is burned in the hole.
The wood is burned in the hole.
The palm leaves are hammered to ge…
The palm leaves are hammered to g…
The meat is ready to be buried in …
The meat is ready to be buried in…
Party time.
Party time.
Discovering the murder.
Discovering the murder.
excavating the remains.
excavating the remains.
forensics
forensics
Back to Dubai.
Back to Dubai.
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