Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim readers and any who are marking the end of Ramadan!

Right on the heels of this holiday, Barr and I will be [briefly] returning to Dubai in the coming days to pack up our apartment and bid farewell to the Middle East…very bittersweet for us. But I was in a Dubai state of mind and thought I’d revive some posts that focused on the culture and religion in the UAE, and what better reason to do so than a holiday!?

You may (okay you definitely do not) remember a post I did last fall on Eid al-Adha, and Eid al-Fitr is a different Muslim holiday, sometimes called “little Eid”. Eid al-Adha recognizes the trust and sacrifice of Abraham, while Eid al-Fitr (translation: festival of the breaking of the fast) celebrates the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is marked by fasting and reflection; the fasting is an important element in the Muslim faith as it teaches a Muslim focus primarily on God, thanking Him for blessings and taking one’s mind of off “worldly desires.”

The “Eid Moon” sighted on July 27, 2014 in KSA – Eid al-Fitr begins when on the day of the first sighting of the crescent moon shortly after sunset (Via NewsTribe)

To mark the holiday, folks begin with Eid communal prayers before moving on to a festival or someone’s home to indulge in some delicious foods and merriment. Gifts and money are also given out to friends and family (strangers even!) as generosity and hospitality are important elements of the religious holiday as well. There are several days given as a public holiday (at least there is in Dubai).

Muslims praying on Eid al-Fitr in Sydney, Australia (Via ABC)

So Eid Mubarak (blessed Eid) to Muslims and blessings to all my readers 🙂 Until next time…

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