If yesterday's Thanksgiving in the United States has been crassly, commercially re-branded as "Turkey Day," I don't think that Muslims have seen fit to call their biggest feast day "Sheep Day" or "The Day of the Lamb," but that's what they'll be eating in their hundreds of millions. Here are some Moroccan recipes for today's feast.
Our first Eid al-Kabir in Tunis was memorable for the silence of the lambs - who had been bleating in our neighborhood for days, only to go silent, suddenly. We could guess their fate - no pardoning of sacrificial lambs à la President Obama's gesture to a singular turkey on Thanksgiving eve.
But my fondest memory of the Eid is of the far off muezzin in the early morning hours, chanting in a soft, rhythmic way - guaranteed to put you in a good mood for the day, whatever your religion.
In places like Melilla, one of two Spanish enclaves on Morocco's northern Mediterranean coast, minarets and muezzins compete with church steeples and bells for your aural attention, though the combination is not cacophony but harmony, a reminder that for centuries in Andalusian Spain, the three great monotheistic religions coexisted in relative peace. Check the website of the Fundación Tres Culturas for a reminder that Jews, Muslims, and Christians can still cooperate culturally in this unique bridge across the Mediterranean world.
Eid greetings image from MoroccoBoard.com, an expatriate news service.