Gathering (part 1)

This time of the year, for the Eid al-Adha, in Oman like in the rest of the Muslim world families are visiting one another. For several days, besides the traditional greetings, drinks and food are exchanged.

I had my Eid with the family of Muna in the mountains of Salalah, Dhofar in the south of Oman. After the usual greetings, sweet drinks and light food were offered. After that, cooked or fried meat of the cow, the goat or the camel was served. A beautiful sunset ended the day.

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For the first time the Indian Social Club of Salalah together with the Bhojpuri wing, a region in the north of India and one of the twelve linguistic regional wings of the Club, had their ‘Eid Milan.’ Together with the Pakistani society living in Salalah, the audience enjoyed dance and music. On the music of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ an 2013 Indian biographical sports drama film based on the life of the ‘Flying Sikh’ choreographer Shivani brought with her dance group, boys between 5 years and 14 years old, a tribute to ‘Milkha Singh,’ an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian.

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After the ‘Eid Mubarak festival’ delicious food for everyone was served, with Siiwaya, the traditional plate for the Eid, made of almonds, milk and dried fruits.

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