Snapshots from Idul Adha (Hari Qurban)

27 Oct


became this…

within a matter of hours earlier today.

Yesterday was Idul Adha or Hari Qurban. Though yesterday was pretty uneventful with only a prayer session. The real event was today…

Quick facts a la Wikipedia:

Screenshot of quick facts on Idul Adha from

This is my second year experiencing Idul Adha. I wrote about my first experience in this blog post from last year. I went easy on the graphic photos then. However, this year I find myself not only more desensitized, but also left with the feeling that you come here to see something different right? To see a glimpse of life in a different part of the world. Well, this is it. So here we go! (Mouse over for captions. Also I promise it’s not that bad. I’d like to think I was tasteful in shooting and choosing images.)


A few differences between this year and last year:

  • Last year I didn’t actually see the cows get killed. However, between then and now I had witnessed a goat get killed for a celebration my host family held back in March. Like I said, I felt more desensitized having seen it before. I think last year it would have been much more difficult to watch.
  • Last year the whole thing had me feeling rather somber. So it was hard to make sense of everyone else’s nonchalant and merry attitude. This year I understood and accepted it more. These things didn’t bother me as much. Perhaps a sign of how I’ve adapted?
  • Continuing on that note, I thought there was a certain peacefulness and respect in the way they killed the cow. Specifically I saw some students stroking the cow’s face to calm it as it was being tied up. I also liked how they said a prayer before, and while  the religion teacher cut its throat he covered it with a banana leaf, making the whole thing much less gory.
  • This year I actually ate some of the meat. It’s difficult to get over the images of a cow’s windpipe sticking out from its neck, the sound of pouring blood filling a ditch and not to mention the smell of it all. But after the fact I was able to shake it off, teach a class and meet with my co-teachers. Meanwhile back in the school kitchen staff and students were cookin’ up Nasi Rawon, a beef and rice stew. Enticed by the fact that this may be the freshest beef I ever have the opportunity to eat, I tried it. Always try something once right?

6 Responses to “Snapshots from Idul Adha (Hari Qurban)”

  1. taylorryanblog November 10, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Nicole! I love your blog. It’s very interesting to read and amusing at times. It’s nice to read a peace corps blog that’s real. I have read a few others and they all seem so… high-and-mighty for lack of a better term. It’s much more interesting to see the human aspect as well as all the good things you’re doing over there. I’m glad you’re enjoying it and I wish you the best of luck with your dentist endeavors. Hope all is well!

    • Nicole November 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Thanks! I’ve enjoyed your blog as well and it sounds like you are having so much fun over there! Thanks for the best wishes with the dentist, turns out I’ll ONLY be getting four fillings as opposed to half my mouth. Keep on livin it up!

  2. Jay Wellik December 3, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    I tihnk you still went pretty easy on the graphic photos. That could have been a lot more gruesome.

    • Nicole December 3, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      I know, I totally did. Haha I have one of a kid playing with an eyeball, which I really liked but the photo wasn’t actually that great.

  3. kambing aqiqah September 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Nicole! I love your blog. It’s very interesting to read and amusing at times. It’s nice to read a peace corps blog that’s real

    • Nicole September 21, 2013 at 2:43 am #

      Thanks for checking it out!

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