This past Monday was Korite, also known as Eid. This day marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and religious reflection. It is a day of celebration with family and involves cooking a lot of delicious food!
The day before Korite I went to the market with my aunt and mom. I had figured it was going to be pretty busy, with everyone preparing for the big day, but I had no idea just how much! There was no open space to stand or walk – you just got buoyed along with the crowds of people slowly shifting through the tight alleys of the market.
I watched with interest as my mom and aunt bargained with the sellers and always ended up getting what they wanted. (I have to much to learn when it comes to bargaining!) We bought carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, lots of onions, green onions, ginger, tomatoes, cucumbers, turnip, eggs and soon the bucket we brought to carry everything was full to the brim and very heavy.
The next day starting at 9 or 10 in the morning all of us women in the family sat down together and started prepping for the big lunch. The men and boys were all out at mosque so the compound was mercifully quiet and calm. Someone chopped onions, someone else peeled potatoes, two people skinned and prepped the 5 chickens a relative in Dakar sent to us, and I pounded garlic, pepper, ginger, green pepper into a marinade for the chicken.
The resulting meal was a large platter of onion sauce topped with fresh veggies, chicken, french fries, hard boiled eggs, and mayonnaise that we scooped up with pieces of bread. A very festive meal!
So Happy Korite and Eid to everyone who celebrated! I am so glad I had the opportunity to celebrate this holiday with my Senegalese family, it was a wonderful day, not just because of the food. Sitting with my family members, cooking together, arguing about the best way to cook chicken and seeing everyone enjoying the holiday after a long month of fasting really make me appreciate living with my Senegalese family.