Aqiqeh

Aqiqeh

One of the rituals that takes place in many parts of Iran is the aqiqeh rite. This festival is linked to happiness for the birth of children and originates in Islamic traditions and popular beliefs that have a particular role among people faithful to religious customs.
This ritual takes place seven days after the birth of the child to preserve it from misfortune and during this an animal is sacrificed (sheep, goat, cow or camel). It is usually preferable for this animal to be male to the male and female son for the female daughter and to be black, more than two years old, who is not injured, skinny and blind.
At the time of the killing of the aqiqeh (sacrificed animal) prayers are recited, the meat can be divided raw or cooked among the poor, friends, neighbors or cook it and invite people to consume it at least ten. This meat is not consumed by the child and his family.
The bones of this victim are not broken and must not be thrown away, these are collected and buried in a hole, even the skin of the sacrificed sheep is used and is donated to the mosque as a prayer mat.
One of the actions performed before the animal is slaughtered is to shave the hair of a child for whom a vow has been made. Esfahān, Shirāz, Kermān, Mashhad, and in particular the village of Chandaq which is among the districts of the Esfahān region, are the places where this rite is performed according to the traditional ways of the past.
The quality of this practice varies from city to city.

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