By Duha AlHosainy
Eid Aladhha is around the corner, and we’re all excited for the feast to come!
From the cattle’s best sections to the Saudi etiquette, we’re covering what you need to know. First things first, FOOD. The thabiha (traditional roast cattle, usually sheep, with Middle Eastern spices served over rice *choir*) is cut into half and then halved again, the cut is referred to as Mufattah (Mfa6a7), and it goes like this…
- Liver: usually eaten for breakfast, especially on Eid Al Adha
- Brain: this will surprise you, but it actually DOES taste good!
- Eyes: it doesn’t pop, so don’t be afraid to try it!
- Tongue: exceptionally delectable and tender.
- Belly: definitely an acquired taste, it’s not usually served nowadays.
- Bone Marrow: the nectar of the thabiha.
- Guest of honor sits in front of the head.
- Guest of honor is served the best part of the Thabiha (Upper back).
- Host serves the guests near him.
- Guests should have the first bite.
- Older people have the priority to sit at the head of the table.
- Eat from the side closest to you, and don’t take anything from the opposite side.
- Eat with your right hand.
- Eating parts of the head is considered offending in some tribes.
- The younger the cattle, the better.