I find that crossing a body of water by plane always magnifies the feeling of change. Crossing the Mediterranean Sea to make my way from Dubai to Paris brought so much change from language to culture to weather to food and I love it because I am one of those strange people who thrive on novelty. It’s exciting. And the feeling of discovering something new (even though I have been to Paris many times!) is refreshing because I have never experienced Paris as a resident, and believe me, it is very different! Still, it is at times like today that I miss home the most.
The Middle East celebrates Eid Al-Adha starting today. This holiday, known as “The Feast of the Sacrifice” is an important religious holiday celebrated over 4 days and honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his first born son Ismail in submission to God’s command. Seeing the faith and loyalty that he had; Allah revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superceded all others; that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God. At that point God intervened and provided him with a ram to sacrifice instead. It is for this reason that lamb is widely eaten during this festivity. That as well as a lot of mouth-watering Arabic sweets!
The Arab world is enjoying a 4-day long weekend while I slave through my 2-day one and what is left of this endless second week! I shall not complain. I shall not complain. One day left for this work week to end…phew!
Eid Mubarak to those celebrating and I hope you enjoy your long weekends!