10 January 2006
Today is Eid al-Adha, or Kurman Ait as it is called in Kyrgyz. In Bishkek one of the main squares, Ala Too, is turned into an outdoor mosque. My husband went down with some of the US Embassy representatives. I wish I could post the videos he took because it was not a common thing to hear the call to prayer in Bishkek. The lower picture is of the temporary mihrab that was set up. The higher one is of the the men ready to prayer.
January makes Mecca more pleasant, but Bishkek had a chilly Eid/Ait.