Friday, September 10, 2010

Eid Al-Fitr 2010--Worldwide Celebrations

Members of a traditional Saudi honor guard with their golden swords attend the praying at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque during Eid al-Fitr morning prayers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 10. Hassan Ammar/AP

The photos here help show the diversity around the world of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations. They also show the shared meaning of the holiday: thanks giving for the spiritual renewal through the month of Ramadan. Thus prayers, attending the mosque, and honouring deceased family members are of particular importance, especially on the first day.

Like other celebrations in any religion, those for Eid Al-Fitr are also marked by special greetings, new clothes, visits to family and friends, "home for the holidays", entertainments, sweets, dinners, ceremonies, and joy!

Thai Muslim women pray during Eid al-Fitr at a mosque in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand, on Sept. 10. Surapan Boonthanom/Reuters

Children play on a swing installed for celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Sidon, Lebanon, on Sept. 9. Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Thousands of Indonesian Muslims attend a Eid al-Fitr prayer session in Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 10. Enny Nuraheni/Reuters

A Syrian vendor arranges sweets in front of a shop, ahead of Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 8. Bassem Tellawi/AP

An Indian Muslim girl displays her hands after applying henna ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jammu, India, on Sept. 9. Channi Anand/AP

A Palestinian man sells cakes for the upcoming celebration of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's Old City on Sept. 8. Ammar Awad/Reuters

A Pakistani girl who survived floods wears a new dress provided on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which ends the fasting month of Ramadan, at a camp set up for displaced people in Nowshera, near Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sept. 10. Mohammad Sajjad/AP

A British Muslim of Pakistani origin uses her mobile phone as she exits London's Central Mosque across from Regent's Park, following prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Sept. 10. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Indonesians struggle to board a train to leave for their homes in East Java, at Senen station in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 8. Dita Alangkara/AP

A Kenyan boy in Arabic costume during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Kisumu, Kenya, on Sept. 10. Dan Kei/AP

Children light torches before they march through a street to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the start of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Solo of the Indonesia's central Java province September 9. (Andry Prasetyo/Reuters)

Children ride a merry-go-round at an Eid al-Fitr celebration at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D,C. on Nov. 25, 2003. The celebration marks the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan. AFP Photo/Newscom/File

Worshippers held morning prayers on the road outside Lakemba Mosque [Sydney, Australia]. (AAP: Paul Miller)

Muslims pray during a Eid al-Fitr at a mosque in Yinchuan, in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on Friday. Photo: AP. 

Sri Lanka: Muslims hug each other after a prayer session to mark Eid ul-Fitr in Colombo. (Photo AP)

India: Devotees offer prayers on the last Friday of Ramzan, at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi. (Photo AP)

Afghanistan: Policemen greet each other as they stand guard outside a mosque in Kabul. (Photo AP)

China: A prayer session under way at the Niujie Mosque in Beijing. (Photo AP)

United Arab Emirates: Devotees perform the Eid ul-Fitr prayers at the Sheikh Zayed ground Mosque in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (Photo AP)

Kenya: A little boy peeks out from amidst praying Muslims in Mombasa, Kenya. (Photo AP)

Morocco: People pray at King Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. (Photo AP)

Palestine: A Muslim woman reads verses of the Quran over the grave of a relative as part of tradition during the first day of Eid ul-Fitr. (Photo AP)

United Kingdom: British Muslims conclude their prayers for Eid ul-Fitr outside London's Central Mosque. (Photo AP)

Philippines: Kites are displayed for sale as Filipino Muslims gather at Manila's Rizal Park to pray and celebrate Eid. (Photo AP)

Your favourites?
Your thoughts, comments, impressions, experiences?
How did you spend the first day of Eid Al-Fitr 2010?

Sources: The Christian Science Monitor; The Hindu


ellen557 said...

Also - Lakemba mosque is in Sydney, Australia hehe :D

Chiara said...

Ellen--Well of course it is! I assumed everyone would know that! But for those who might be unaware, I have added [Sydney, Australia] to the AAP caption. The pic was in ABC News, so they seemed to think it was self evident. Hah! Just wait till I find a pic from a mosque in Syndey, Nova Scotia, Canada! Thanks for the comment, and the inspiration! :D

Chiara said...

Ah, too cute. "A little mosque in Antigonish Diocese":

Sydney, N.S., church hall to be a mosque: Local Muslims buy Holy Redeemer parish hall

A group of Muslims in Sydney, N.S., has bought a church hall to convert into a mosque.

The Antigonish Roman Catholic diocese sold the parish hall affiliated with Sydney's Holy Redeemer Parish Church because a shrinking congregation means the church no longer needs the space.

The more than 30 families who make up the group that bought the hall had been worshipping in various rented spaces throughout Sydney.

The building will get a new roof and undergo interior renovations as the group raises money to pay for the upgrades.

Abdul Atiyah, a doctor and a leader in the local Muslim community, said having a permanent prayer and gathering space would strengthen the community.

The new mosque will be used for prayers, meetings, educating children in the faith and as a community outreach centre for the Whitney Pier area.

Many people in Sydney's Muslim community came to the region to work in the health care sector but have been lacking a proper outlet for their faith, Atiyah said.

"[The new mosque] has become a great retention tool for the professionals, because a lot of the people who come here leave because of lack of support, leave because there is no place for the children to be exposed to their culture," Atiyah said.

"It's something that is actually very positive."

Irshaad Sardiwalla, who plans to worship at the new mosque, said it will attract Muslims to Cape Breton.

"People are coming from other countries and wanting to know, 'Is there a mosque available?'" he said. "If there is a mosque, they'd be more willing to stay. It lets them practice the religious aspect of their lives."

Archbishop Vincent Waterman, head of the nearby African Orthodox Church, welcomed the mosque.

"This is one of the greatest things I've heard so far," he said. "As a prayer centre, I welcome it. When you take roots in a community such as this, it shows that you're going to stay for a while. You're putting down roots."

The Muslims plan to hold a grand opening for the mosque next year.

Chiara said...

The article above is from Sept 3. The picture shows a rather mundane church. No matter. Cape Breton Island needs a mosque. :)

RenKiss said...

Those cakes look delicious.

But I like the ones with the children. Especially the Pakistani girl, even after the flooding she's smiling.

I also like the one of the Kenyan boy, he looks adorable.

Chiara said...

Renkiss--Thank you for your comment! I agree, those 2 kids are particularly adorable. The little Pakistani girl has the universal joy of "pretty in new pink dress"!; and the little Kenyan boy is tooo cuuute in his Arab finery! :D Thanks again for your comment.

Susanne said...

I enjoyed the photos. I especially noted the children already mentioned. Too cute!

Chiara said...

Susanne--thanks for your comment. Indeed those children are cute and heartwarming! :)


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