Senegal Families Splurge on Sacrificial Sheep to Boost Status

The Tabaski festival brings with it an economic impact

A group of boys and young men wash a ram at Yoff Beach in Dakar, Senegal, on Aug. 7, 2016.

Photographer: Jane Hahn/The New York Times via Redux

In Senegal, the biggest celebration of the year is preceded by a government meeting to answer to a most pressing question: how many sheep does the country need?

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