"Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed—doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language. But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace."

-President John F. Kennedy

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eid al-Adha...The major Islam Holiday


The big holiday for Muslims was this past week. It caps off the trip to Mecca, and a sacrifice of some sort is supposed to be made. It was a national holiday and we didn’t have school. My friend who I buy things from in Walewale invited me to his home for the holiday. I put on my finest Ghanaian attire and was on my way. I thought I was going to see a ram get slaughtered and take part in this whole cultural event. Walewale was happenin’ and everybody, kids included, were all dressed in their nicest clothes and walking around. I met my friend at his store and he took me to his home nearby. His compound was quite nice, and he was very hospitable. It turns out, though, that the ram was already slaughtered, and a couple of his friends were over to eat and watch the Ghana football match against Egypt. So myself and some older men sat on couches, ate rice with veggies and ram, and watched football for the afternoon! It was a good time and I’m grateful for his invitation and hospitality, but it was nothing like I expected. Like I’ve said before, I never know what’s coming, and that’s how I like it! While walking around Walewale, I did get to see some goats or something being cooked over a firepit as a sacrifice. Maybe next year.

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