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Korban Bayram - 16 Nov 2010
Today is 'Korban Bayram'. The muslim festival of sacrifice. I am no expert so if I get
the details wrong I apologise in advance! The village of Samodiva in southern Bulgaria has come to a standstill today as the festivities begin. I
was invited and attended the sacrifice of one cow, two goats and a sheep. Ilyas my neighbour was kind enough to give me a leg of goat to take home with
me as well.
I will not be putting pictures up of the butchering process as I didn't take any, and if you need to know what happens just use google images and search
for 'halal butchers'. Coming from the UK where the process has been hidden away and meat only comes in plastic wrapped ready to eat portions
would probably make watching this process turn quite a few people in to vegatarians. I on the other hand have no problem eating meat, and therefore
believe that if I can eat it I should be able to do the slaughtering as well.
It is quite a fascinating process, especially from a biological point of view. As each part of the animal was removed I was given a Bulgarian and Turkish translation and told
whether or not it was good eating.
There is not a lot left for the dog! Just about everything is used and nothing wasted. Normally after the sacrifice has taken place the liver is cooked and
eaten as by all accounts this is the best time to do it. Later on this evening a food festival will take place to which I have been invited. My next door neighbour 'Chernol'
has insisted that I go round even if only to get some free food. I tried as hard as I could not to accept, but it got to the stage where it was implied that if
I didn't accept offence would be taken. So I will not be cooking this evening and look forward very much to feast!
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