Every family is to have its own sheep on Eid Kbir. Those who cannot afford a sheep buy a less expensive animal, such as a goat. In Morocco, families are not to kill their sheep until the King has slain his sheep. Today I watched the King kill two sheep on TV. After the King has killed his sheep, then the head of each household kills the sheep for that family, then the sheep is cooked bit by bit. Earlier today, I ate various sheep parts, including sheep liver.
It is customary to purify oneself for Eid Kbir. One is expected to make oneself as clean as possible. Accordingly, this morning my host brother, his visiting nephew and I visited the local hammam, which is essentially a Moroccan bath house. Each of us brought a kis (Darija, or Moroccan Arabic for "exfoliating glove") and we scrubbed ourselves, removing much dirt from our bodies. We scrubbed each others' backs, too. Men and boys also get haircuts in preparation for Eid Kbir.
Community members also pray more than usual during Eid Kbir. Also, it is customary, as always, to give alms to impoverished persons. People also give some of the cooked sheep parts to poor people as well. Since it is also customary to visit family and friends during Eid Kbir, I accompanied my host brother and his visiting nephew when they visited some of their relatives here in town this morning.
I certainly feel that I am learning about the culture of Morocco by experiencing Eid Kbir.