Being in Melbourne has given me the opportunity to know people with different cultural backgrounds and with many stories behind. Last year I had the opportunity to meet my friend Alanoud, who comes from Saudi Arabia and moved to Melbourne to study a Master degree in Marketing.
Anoud’s meaningful story is from a traditional dish which name in English is “Jarish” but originally is spelled الجريش
Jarish, ground wheat, is a very common food item used in many dishes in Saudi Arabia, mixed with Egyptian rice and chicken, and decorated with fry the chopped onion.
Anoud remembers Jarish as a very important and meaningful dish in her life since it remembers of her grandmother, who year after year has cooked it for Eid.
“Preparing this dish takes around 3 to 4 hours, and is delicious. I remember my grandmother cooking it for us every single year when we all got together to celebrate Eid”
As we kept talking I was curious about Eid celebration, so I asked her to explain me more about it, which encouraged an Indonesian friend to join our conversation since he also celebrates Eid in his country.
“Eid is a religious holiday where families and relatives get together every year to celebrate together… Each year is celebrated in a different time and date. It is the end of the fasting month. Is like a “Christmas” celebration for you…”
Eid al-Adha (Id ul-Adha) is a four-day Islamic festival starting on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (Thou al-Hijja) to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son.