May was the beginning of Ramadan and the most part of Senegal was fasting. For a whole month, Muslims all over the world were fasting. And at the end of Ramadan, the same Muslims were celebrating Eid. In Senegal, Eid is called Korité. It is the first day after 29 or 30 days of fasting that Muslims are not permitted to fast. The Holiday celebrated the conclusion of the month of Ramadan. It is not the first time I have celebrated Eid or Korité in Senegal. Today, I will share with you how I celebrated Eid in Podor with my family.
As you may know, Senegalese people love to wear traditional clothing. Evertime there is a party such like a wedding, babyshower, any other celebrations and even funerals, Senegalese people stand front in line to get a new outfit. Whenever someone is wearing a great outfit we call it sagnsé. You can use it in a sense as following: Yaa ngui sagnsé. Meaning: “You are killing it”. Of course, I will show you some of the best sagnsé I’ve seen in Podor.
After my last work day at Tigo, I decided to go to Podor with my sister. It had been a long while since I went to Podor, and it was nice to go back with my sister. For her it had been at least 8 years since last coming to Senegal. Which is a very long time, considering she grew up here until the age of 14. After coming back to Dakar during the beginning of Ramadan, we hung around for a while until she had to leave me. Then, I decided that I would go back to Podor and spend the last week of Ramadan there and celebrate Korité with my family up north.
So, when it was finally the day of Eid-al-Fitr, we were down to celebrate! The night before, someone brought us the sheep that would be sacrificed. My uncle’s wife cooked some delicious meals for us. We ate Méchoui for lunch, and you guys know how I am about my Méchoui! Me and a couple of friends then decided to show our sagnsé, I took plenty of pictures of the children and we went out to wish everyone a great Korité.
It was nice to spend some time with the fam. Because of my work, I did not get to Podor for a long time. So this was great for me, I saw the children, I had the time to relax a little and take some great pics. I also got a lot to think about, and I read so many books during my stay. I cannot wait to share them in the upcoming reviews with you!
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