Animal Sacrificial Ceremony
This year's December is the month of the pilgrimage or hajj for Muslims all over the world. This is the time when Muslims will go to Mecca for their hajj. Muslims who are not performing the pilgrimage will celebrate the month of hajj by carrying out a ritual of sacrificing animals. This festive occasion is called Hari Raya Aidil Adha.
The ceremony is to remember Prophet Abraham's sacrificial offer of his son, Ishmael, to God. But God replaced Ishmael with a kibasy (similar to a goat).
If you happen to be in Malaysia, take note that Dec 8 is a national holiday to celebrating the hajj. This date changes according to Islamic calendar.
Venture into any mosque in Malaysia on this day at about 7.30am and lo and behold, you'll see four-legged animals such as cows and goats being slaughtered in a ceremony. In Kuala Lumpur, the grandest will be held at the Masjid Jamek Mosque, right in the city centre
It's interesting to witness the ceremony. After slaughtering, the meat will be distributed first to the needy ones and then to family members and neighbours.
You can also get your share, that is after the needy ones get theirs. You will get enough to feed four people for lunch or dinner. People will queue to get theirs.
If you join the Q, make sure you are wearing long pants or skirts down to your ankles. No shorts or short skirts please. For shirt, at least a short-sleeved T-shirt will be fine. For women, wearing a simple scarf is better. The ceremony is considered a religious one, so dress code is important among Muslims. [more]
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