Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eid Day

Eid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr‎), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break the fast" (and can also mean "nature", from the word "fitrah"); and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated starting on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
Eid ul-Fitr is a three day celebration and is sometimes also known as the "Smaller Eid" (Arabic: العيد الصغير al-‘īdu ṣ-ṣaghīr‎) as compared to the Eid ul-Adha that lasts four days and is called the "Greater Eid" (Arabic: العيد الكبير al-‘īdu l-kabīr‎).
Muslims are commanded by the Qur'an to complete their fast on the last day of Ramadan and then recite the Takbir all throughout the period of Eid[Qur'an 2:185 (Translated by Shakir)].

This past Monday Chris and I attended a festival that we were invited to by one of Chris's former students. It was a lot of fun and it was interesting to experience another culture. It is something we want Corey to experience throughout his life. We live in an area with a very limited culture, so the more we expose him to, the more background knowledge he will have. As teachers we realize how important it is that students come to school with a wide variety of knowledge. Not to mention, as the people we are we don't want Corey to grow up with any prejudices!!!

Yup, there is a monkey there, and Corey did not even notice!!!

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