Eid Holiday

Hope everyone is having a great day!

I’m officially out of school for the Eid holiday, and I’m super excited! Eid is on Sunday, and we’ll go to Musanah for most of Eid.

Eid is a Muslim holiday which celebrates the day when Abraham obeyed God by sacrificing his son Ishmael, but instead God replaced his son with a sheep at the last second. This story is also in the Bible, but it is Abraham’s other son, Isaac whom God saves. See more here.

In Oman they slaughter a goat, and cook it in the ground for several days during Eid. I’ve been told that it’s delicious. During Eid, everyone dresses up in their finest, most colorful clothes, and some presents (lots of perfume!) are exchanged. In Musanah especially, the colors are absolutely amazing, so I’m told.

I can’t wait!

In other news, I visited an Indian school yesterday for their 21st year celebration with my host mom. (She works for the Ministry of Education, so all the schools know her.) It’s one of the best in Oman. We walked in on a red carpet and were flanked by uniformed students on either side, and reporters from the newspapers were there, flashing away. (I think I’m definitely going to be in the papers- my host mom was one of the chief guests. Fantastic…) The “governor” of the walayat of Muscat was there. Speeches were given, and videos were shown. The whole program was great, except for a few slow bits. They prepared an Indian music piece, which was fantastic, and The Belle of Barcelona, a musical about forbidden romances with dancing senoritas and valiant toreadors. I loved it!

Have a great day!

From Muscat with love,

bailey :)