Eid Al Adha Tabaski Muslim Islam Festivals Burkina Africa_2010_13138_ireneabdouphotography.com.jpg
Tabaski (Eid-Al-Adha) is Muslim West Africa's largest holiday and is celebrated with the biggest feast of the year. Traditionally, each family slaughters one or more goats or sheep, which are roasted whole by the fire throughout the day. Among this family in Djibo in northern Burkina Faso, the men got a late start to the barbecue, and the meat continues roasting into the night. No one was hungry, though, since throughout the day and evening, adults and children alike would cut off small pieces of meat that were already cooked, or would roast small chunks separately to snack on. Look closely at the photo below, and you'll see a young boy, knife at the ready, about to cut off a tasty chunk of meat.