Eid al-Adha. The Feast of the Sacrifice

Eid out the front of a Zamalek butcher on 26 July Street

With the coming of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice or Greater Eid, comes the decorating of butchers around Cairo with work very similar to the work of the Khiamiah. However this work is not as detailed and the stitching is much coarser than that of the fine work carried out in the Khiamiah. In many of the poorer places the work is not hand stitched at all. Instead bought in long rolls similar to bolts of material which have been printed in Chinese factories and imported into Egypt. This printed material is adding to the decline of sales for the stitchers in the Khiamiah and unfortunately can be found all over Cairo. 

The festival of Eid al-Adha, which usually last two days, symbolises Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son and those Muslims who can afford sacrifice a cow as part of the celebration. The meat from the sacrificed cow is then divided into three parts; one part for the family, one part for relatives, friends, neighbours or employees should you own a business and the third is given to the poor and needy. A concerted effort is made to make sure that no person is left without the opportunity to partake in the sacrificial meal over the two days.