It’s beginning to look a lot like Tabaski…

It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for Tabaski. Tabaski is the most important Muslim holiday in this West African country. Because of this, the hustle and bustle as people prepare reminds me of the Christmas/ New Years’ time of year in my own culture (the biggest holiday in the US). Tabaski is quickly coming up (later this week, the precise day depending on the lunar cycle).

Here are the ways it’s beginning to look a lot like Tabaski, everywhere I go…


  • large lots full of rams for sale
  • sidewalks filled with grills for sale
  • everyone is buying fabric and taking it to the tailor shops to be made into new outfits
  • tailors busy sewing new outfits (and so slower and sometimes a bit sloppier than usual)
  • extra traffic
  • extra busy market scene as people buy and sell in preparation for the holiday
  • higher vegetable prices and taxi fares as everyone is saving up money to pay for their family’s ram, their new outfits, the travel to hometowns, and the large Tabaski meal
  • more street sellers who are bringing out all their wares to make sales and make those few extra thousand francs CFA
  • higher theft alert (as some seek other ways of financing the festivities)
  1. Richard Taylor said:

    Hi Kyria Are there Christian churches in your area?

    Rick ________________________________

    • kyriaj said:

      Hi Rick, yes there are! Christians, Protestant and Catholic, make up about 5% of the population here. So the Christian church is very much a minority but it is here. Most cities have at least several congregations of various denominations. There are a good handful in the town where I live.

  2. hyppi said:

    Sounds like a fun time, Kyria. Does your family celebrate? Or do you just have to weather the high prices and inconvenience?

    How are things going with your family?
    What are you doing with translation work at the moment?
    We miss you, mate. Take care… Enjoy the holiday!
    John and Alison

    • kyriaj said:

      Miss you too, John & Alison! Yes my family here definitely celebrated Tabaski — 4 sheep were slaughtered! The week of the holiday I had some obligations in the capital city so I missed out on some of the celebration. To answer your question, I’m working with 2 teammates on sociolinguistic research into the Wolof language used in multilingual urban churches. We are exploring the question of whether or not another Wolof translation of Scriptures is needed and wanted by the national church. Not a simple project, but I’m learning a lot.

  3. Marc Pulfer said:

    praying for you little sis dorothy


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