The Islamic feast of Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) takes place next week. In the week leading up, Muslim families will travel to the animal markets to select their particular sheep or goat (normally). So maybe not an ‘everyday moment’ throughout the entire year, but the buying and selling of animals is an everyday moment for that particular week in the Middle East and throughout the Islamic world, for many hundreds of years past.
The Islamic religious holiday of Eid Al Adha is the nearest thing that Muslims have to a Christmas. It’s a great family occasion and a big meal is consumed. It is a religious duty of all Muslims to sacrifice an animal at this time, normally a sheep or a goat. Cows, cattle, camels and others are also used when groups or extended families may pool together for the purchase of larger animals. The sacrifice is to honour the story from the holy book when Abraham gave thanks to God for sparing his son, after God had earlier tested Abraham by asking him to kill him. Abraham then killed a sheep as a sacrifice in thanksgiving. The same story appears in the Christian Bible, albeit both books state different sons names (Ishmael in the Quran and Isaac in the Bible). Read More
In her post she mentions that approx 3,000 Irish-born (amongst the British forces) lost their lives in Gallipoli, more than the number lost by New Zealand (some 2,700 from my research).
When I was in Istanbul 2 weeks ago I looked into taking a bus trip to Gallipoli but it was a 5 hour journey away, and time (as well as a 13 year old daughter!) just did not permit. Met an Australian lady who was heading onwards in that direction and she was hopeful of attending the morning service on the beach – which I think is now a ticket-only affair.
The capture of Istanbul was the main reason the allied forces invaded but it was repelled by the Turks. More than 100,000 men lost their lives over the ensuing months and more than that number again were badly injured.
Liam Clancy (Bob Dylan’s favourite ballad singer) sings the definitive version of the famous anti war song written by Scottish born Australian Eric Bogel: