Gaza – “Arab Jerusalem”:
The purchase of clothes was not only the destination of the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip in the preparation of the feast of Eid al-Fitr, in addition to the interests of the inhabitants to buy these clothes at a minimum, “fesikh” and “cake”. present in the concerns of the inhabitants, as there are two main types offered on the first day of Eid.
As part of an old social custom, many Islamic peoples are inclined to prepare “fesikh” fried in oil, and then eat it, despite the excess salt, to push them to drink water, believing that this will compensate for lost fluids. during the month of fasting, as they encourage Gaza residents to buy this item, which is currently spreading in stores planned to sell it and in “stands” in popular markets.
Gaza markets are full of many kinds of “fesikh”, which is fish preserved through salt, some of which are locally produced and highly priced, and some are imported from abroad and stored with salt. . water, which costs much less than the domestic one, which enables Gaza families, whether high-income or low-income, to buy these species.
The importer is cheaper
Ahmed Abu Assi, who works in this profession, says that six months before Eid they start preparing the fesikh, cleaning the fish and then salting, and it is expected that this year the markets of Gaza will have a bigger sale. because the last year due to the war started by Israel is the end of the month, the purchase of fesih by the citizens has been prevented.
One of the “fesikh” sellers indicated that the price of a kilogram of fesikh varies from 25 to 35 shekels, depending on the type of fish, while a kilogram of imported fesikh sells for less than ten shekels (one US dollar equals 3 , 25 cycles.). This young man, who places his “fascist” in the popular market of Firas, expects the citizens to continue buying this item until the night of Eid al-Fitr and says that receiving the salaries of the employees before Eid will revive the markets a little, which he described as moving over the past few days were “almost dead”.
Usually in Gaza, residents eat “fesikh” for breakfast, which pushes them to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Some of the residents there organize a morning party for their “fesikh” relatives. In the early hours of the morning of Eid, the aroma of frying “fesikh” emanates from the houses, while some women have already started the preparation process, so as not to smell the redness in the house on the first day of the century. feast, which is frequented by visitors.
It is worth mentioning that every year the competent medical bodies warn patients with high blood pressure and heart of this type, which has a medical effect even in healthy people, because it contains high amounts of salt. However, although this habit is unhealthy, the Palestinians and the people of Gaza in particular, did not leave it.
In addition to this type, the main food on the Gaza table are “cakes”, which are the first cake for fasting and holiday visitors. And what was known this year, is the population’s greatest dependence on “delivery cakes”, as reported, which are cakes attended by women who have recently created economic projects to overcome difficult living conditions, during which many popular foods are prepared, and their work in these times is devoted to the preparation of cakes. In addition to large ovens, the women of “Kitchen projects” are active in preparing large quantities of “Eid cake” based on requests received from customers, who prefer to buy from business owners instead of sweets, as it is similar to that. It is prepared at home by hand, in terms of taste and aroma. ghee with which it is prepared, in addition to special flavorings. One kilogram of cakes sells for about twenty shekels and is slightly lower in some areas. Rana Abu Juma, a woman in her forties, who with her sisters set up a private kitchen to make many home-cooked meals that require great effort, in addition to dough, says that since the beginning of the last ten days of Ramadan, focused. their attempts to make “cakes”. This woman, who is currently opening a large workshop, explains that her kitchen, which she set up at her home in the city of Gaza, has started to prepare 200 kilograms of cakes in the beginning of the last ten days and that it’s possible. to slightly increase the quantity, at the request of customers. She explained to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the price of a kilogram of cake has to do with the cost of preparing it at home, in addition to the price of physical labor.
This type is known as “Delivery Cake” after it is sent home by express delivery offices, which use motorcycles. However, despite the availability of these types in the markets, many women continue to make their own sweets at home, something that can be recognized in Gaza by the special aromas of sweets that emanate at these times from homes. The custom of making cakes on Eid is a special ritual, which continues until the night of Eid and is done through gathering sisters, bride, girlfriends or neighbors in a house and there begins the process of preparation. cake dough, which requires a lot of time and can and then leaves some time, while women prepare persimmon paste, which is well pressed and mixed with sesame. In the second stage the dough is placed inside the dough, which is rolled in a spiral shape or placed in a mold and then baked in the oven at a certain temperature. This family gathering ends with collecting the amount of sweets and weighing them to know their size and then distributing them to the participants, while in Gaza it is a beautiful custom, according to which families who make cakes distribute food to their neighbors, even if they have. prepared this kind.
And women, who gather to prepare cakes at home, are often inclined to fit the quantity to the needs of their families on holiday, especially since this item is not easily broken and families keep it at home for many days after the holiday. In many cases, a family tends to prepare an amount of three to five kilograms, depending on the number of its members.