Growing up, Eid Al-Adha is and has always been the best time of the year. Whether you’re an adult or a teen, you can relate to these facts on why Arab teenagers love Al Eid.
1. New animal friend, Mr. Sheep
Have you ever heard the saying ‘Don’t play with your food’? Arab children prefer ram over polled and ram lamb for an obvious reason; sheep fights. Picture one of those WWE shows but for rams.
2. Look ma, no thread!
Arab children like to brag about how good they are at taming their animals. Having the sheep follow them wherever they go is a sense of accomplishment. This is a constant challenge for teens every year.
3. Sheepfie, a whole new level of selfie
Who doesn’t like selfies with besties? Another photo in the family album of the food-would be sheep would serve a good reminder how the grilled meat looked like. Every teen likes to dress his/her sheep before taking pictures. Hats, glasses, you name them.
4. Hey cuzz, like my sheep?
The Eid is an opportunity to unite family members, especially family sheeps. Sometimes all the animals are gathered in one place awaiting their turn in a long queue. Teens take that time to compare their sheeps to win their beauty competition.
5. That grown-ups feel
Teens tag along with their fathers at the Mosquee for salat al-Eid. The feeling that comes along with the religious aspect fills the soul with calmness. Teens take pride in learning Al-Khutbah to recite them in front of their aunts and uncles.
6. Learn the butcher ways
Teens, having observed Al-odhiya for years, assist the butcher and try to do part of the work. They can’t wait to be able to do it themselves as they grow.
7. Those 2 days grilling
Meat can’t stay longer than a couple of days. It’s a fact. The thrill of sucking one’s finger after devouring a grilled lamb is incomparable. The only utterance you hear around that time of year is ‘Grill some more’ until there’s nothing left to grill.
8. Koskous with Osban
Arab women stuff that organ with rice, spinach, and intestines and spice it up for a full and rich texture. In some regions it’s called ‘osban’, or in other words teens’ favorite dish. Koskous with osban becomes indisputably the kitchen menu till supplies end.
9. The horn carries the fire
Teens continue the fights for few days after the Eid. They like to think the horn carries the soul of their friend Mr. Sheep. If you wonder how they do it, draw a spear but replace the blade tip with the ram horn. The one whose horn remains intact, wins. It sounds violent, but it’s a fun experience.
10. Wear the sheep with pride
Wool-based clothes are popular; Burnous, Keffiyeh, Bisht, Djelleba, so on so forth. Arab teens and adults alike wear those outfits in a display of their hunter’s pride. It’s all the rage for muslims in the Middle East.