Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid. The holiday pays tribute to Abraham to sacrifice his young first-born son as an act of submission to God’s command and his son’s acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a ram to sacrifice instead. Eid also marks the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca.
We arrived in Tunisia the week before leading up to Eid. Goats were paraded around the streets on Tunis. In the smaller centers of Bizerte, goats were brought into the centre of town and were available for sale. Teeth were checked to make certain the best goat would be offered by the family. Hay was also available for sale. From every stair way and courtyard bleats of goats could be heard up to the event. The days before the event, every knife sharpener in town was busy putting a sharp edge on the knives and axes. The day before the holiday, shops were emptied of all food items and there was even a line up at the liquor window located behind the major stores. Streets were so full it was impossible to walk on the sidewalk.
The day after Eid was silent. It was the twilight zone, with only you on the street and the smell of burning flesh. Nothing was open, the streets were empty and other than the breakfast at the hotel no food was available anywhere. Cookies, dates, and yogurt became a major meal. The day after transportation was available, as we headed to Jendouba, but only one local restaurant served basic food.