Saturday, January 22, 2005
Several stories have called attention to the difficulty many Muslims have with the economic aspects of Eid al-Adha. In Morocco, many people are taking out loans to purchase the sheep to sacrifice on the holiday. Chapati Mystery includes a bit on whether the meat is really distributed equitably. IWPR portrays Eid al-Adha in Afghanistan as a fairly commercialized event in which some are struggling to get by. None of this is really surprising, but it's interesting to look at the social realities woven into any timeless celebration.