Text & Photo: Stefano Romano
“The long day of Prayer Eid Ul Adha began the day before, in the streets of Kampung Pondok Pinang in Jakarta, where the families have bought the bulls and sheep (Qorban) for the Feast of the Sacrifice.
Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى’id al-Adha, “Festival of the Sacrifice”), also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Bakr-Eid”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened sending his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
The night before Eid, the streets of Jakarta are like being in a large farm. Like at Pasar Lontar, in Tanah Abang, where in every street there are sheep and bulls waiting to be bought.
On September 12, in the Masjid Jami, in Pondok Pinang, the whole population of the great Kampung has gathered for Prayer at dawn.
After the prayer, every Mushollah or Masjid in Jakarta, began the place for the ritual of Sacrifice, with the slaughter of bulls and sheep.
I followed in Slipi, in the Masjid An-Nur and Al-Furqon, where this very bloody ritual becomes an occasion for celebration and attraction for the entire population of kampung, and especially for children.”