Tabaski, A National Holiday in Côte d’Ivoire

Abidjan is engulfed in a festive mood today for the muslim festival of Tabaski. It is a little like Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one. Everything has stopped. Shops are closed and the entire city is dressed to the nines, while mad preparations for a feast are in full swing.

We awoke this morning to the sounds of bleating sheep, tethered to our neighbors’ gates, as muslims prepared for the ritual sacrifice. Shortly thereafter, preparations for this evening’s meal moved into high gear with the slaughter of the sheep and sharing of meat. Tradition dictates that meat from the sacrifice is shared with others in the community, as an act of charity and kindness.

Here are a few photos of today’s festivities for you to enjoy:

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