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My family's Eid traditions

October 17, 2006|by ELINA MIR

Eid al-Fitr is the celebration at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of seeking forgiveness for sins. On Eid, we hope God has accepted our fasting.

In my family, on the day before Eid we have Chand Raat - the Night of the Moon - an Indian and Pakistani tradition. Women have parties where there are dances and food. We usually put henna on our hands and dance until our feet hurt. We skip school for one day.

I start out Eid by dressing in very nice clothes and eating a little something sweet. Then we go to our mosque, the Islamic Society of Western Maryland. We pray our Eid prayers, then we greet everyone with "Eid Mubarak," which is a greeting like "Merry Christmas."

We eat a traditional breakfast which is a chick pea dish, doughnuts, halva (a honey-and-sesame seed dish) and roti (a flat type of bread like pita). After breakfast we go to parties at our friends homes. Children receive gifts such as money and toys.

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In the evening, we all meet again at a hall to end Eid. We have a big celebration with lots of delicious food and entertainment. Each Eid, our Islamic Sunday School has a performance for the Islamic community. The kids usually perform a song or a play about religion.

Overall, Eid is a very special holiday in Islam, and it is my favorite one.

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