Tabaski in Senegal ― Date, History, and Details

Tabaski in Senegal

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History of Tabaski in Senegal and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Tabaski, also called Eid al-Adha, is a Muslim holiday that celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Muslims around the world observe this holiday by slaughtering a sheep or other animal and sharing the meat with family and the less fortunate. In Senegal, Tabaski is a major celebration that lasts for several days. Families gather together, pray, and feast on traditional foods such as thieboudienne (rice and fish) and maffé (meat stew). There is also plenty of music and dancing. On the final day of the holiday, many Senegalese travel to the holy city of Touba to perform the pilgrimage known as the Grand Magal.