It was Meugang this weekend, a traditional Acehnese celebration preparing for the beginning of Ramadan. When I asked people what Meugang was all about, I got the same answer again and again. “Meugang is the day you eat meat!” Most people eat more fish and rice than anything else, so people get together with their families to eat meat (mostly beef it seems, which must have additional significance I don’t know about because goat is far more common) to fortify themselves for the following month of fasting.
Jess and I went to a houseblessing on Saturday morning (photos of that shortly) and along the way we stopped in at one of the meat markets to watch some of the Meugang meat-selling madness.
This place is an established meat market usually made up of two or three stands by the side of the road. But in preparation for Meugang there were stalls lining both sides of the road and traffic jams as people stopped their in the narrow road to do some shopping.
The following photos don’t really need further explanation…