By OLIVIA ALLEN
OCTOBER 6, 2014
RABAT, Morocco – It was the eve of Eid al-Adha, the annual Feast of Sacrifice celebrated by Muslims world-wide, and Hafeda Esselami was preparing to host family from around Rabat for the ritual sheep slaughter and subsequent feast. As part of the preparatory process, Esselami’s daughter had retrieved six loaves of khobz (traditional Moroccan bread) and placed them on the table in front of Esselami, who had pinched, sniffed, and tasted, realized these loaves were not hers, and panicked.
“For Moroccans, it is obligatory to eat khobz [for] breakfast, lunch, dinner.