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2013-10-16 Tabaski 2013

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Marvin the Mutton

Today is Tabaski, a Muslim holiday celebrated widely in Senegal. Tabaski celebrates the story of Abraham who just before sacrificing his only son, Isaac, was stopped by an angel and told to sacrifice a sheep instead. It was a test of Abraham's faith in God. Today this holiday means decking the halls, so to speak. Every woman buys a nice dress or has one made by one of the many tailors and gets a pair of nice shoes that match. But the most important thing to consider is the sheep. People are given an advance at work for this holiday, since getting a sheep is expensive.  Just before Tabaski, the shepherds bring their flocks into Dakar where they sell the biggest and best male sheep to the men in Dakar. The ideal sheep is the strongest and best looking. After looking after the sheep for about a week and a half or two weeks, on Tabaski, they sacrifice the sheep and families have a barbeque. Bonne fête!

By: Kathleen Greaver

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