Baku: Eid al-Adha

Urban Shepherd in Central Baku Last Night

We have a two-day holiday in Azerbaijan today and tomorrow, thanks to the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha. The holiday, known in English as the Festival of Sacrifice commemorates the willingness of Old Testament prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael to God. Fortunately on that occasion God was satisfied with Abraham’s willingness to go through with the act as he stopped him before he slit his son’s throat. Unfortunately, that will not be the case with the sheep fattened up on the last of the autumn grazing here in Baku.

All over Baku as the rest of Azerbaijan, lamb will be on the menu today and tomorrow. The meat will be divided three ways. One third will feed the family, one-third will be given to relatives and friends while the final third will be distributed to the poor of the community.

We shall be eating vegetable soup for lunch today…


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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5 Responses to Baku: Eid al-Adha

  1. hugh paxton says:

    I think one reason, among many, that has made me an atheist is the willingness of people to commit atrocities to appease things that don’t exist and then make up stories designed to inspire repetition.

    I’ve got a daughter. If god gave me the option of Him or Her. I’d go with her.And if Abraham got involved I’d smash his head in.

    She’s my daughter! God can judge me later!



  2. charlespaxton says:

    Abraham was clearly a ‘sick puppy’. Human sacrifice is a fatuous exercise. Lamb kebabs can be heavenly though.
    Here’s a tip to give your next vegetable soup a delicious lift!
    Add a knob of butter and add herb basil gradually until the point where you can only just recognise the flavour.

  3. stevehollier says:

    Yum! I will try it and let you know how it goes.

  4. nazeem says:

    Abraham was 100% sure God will save his son. No holy books or God’s words ever said or asked for human sacrifice which is sick and bad. I take one more step, the lamb sacrifice serves dual purpose – income to poor people who sell the lamb and free meat for poor. Since world has developed it is time we stop this lamb sacrifice also and give that money for poor student. Education will reduce all the evils and restore peace among all. My suggestion is eat animal products as less as possible. Good for your health and environment also – Thank you

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