Eid in Oman
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December 9th, 2008 – by: Yaryo0or
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.
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.
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.
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