December 6, 2008

Gurban Bayram

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 10:29 am by Jenn

Yesterday I mentioned that we have a long weekend this weekend.  The long weekend is to commemorate the National Azeri holiday called Gurban Bayram.  Gurban Bayram is celebrated 70 days after the end of Ramazan Bayram (the month of fasting).

This holiday is tied to the Biblical story of Abraham, who wants to sacrifice his son Isaac to God.   In the end, God sends the archangel Gabriel with a lamb and saves Abraham’s son. To commemorate this day, Muslim’s must sacrifice (gurban) a sheep or some other animal.  They read prayers during the sacrifice and the meat is given to the poor.

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