The purpose of this blog is to explore cross-cultural Saudi/non-Saudi relationships and their broader Arab-Muslim/Western contexts, as well as the background for improving understanding across these cultures.
And to you and your family, Mustika!Your beautiful country of Indonesia is also in our prayers!
Eid Mubarak to you and you family!
Happy Eid to all, unfortunately not for me,because I am not with my folks, wife and children, so it is even more boring days than usual to me,I only work half day during holidays, I wish I could work full day, it would have been a solice.But I am very happy for all those who are happy around me, I hope they appreciate the blessing of having their loved ones around, please hug them and hug them tight and hard.
Happy Eid!question: What is the difference between the first Eid and this one? I think someone explained once but I am not sure of the difference. Are there different prayers or food or celebrations?
Usman--thank you and to you and your family as well!Majed--Eid greetings to you and to all your family in their respective countries. Thank you for highlighting that some Muslims are far from loved ones at this time, for work or study, and it is even more important that others in the community reach out to them at this time.Oby-thank you for your greetings. This Eid is the most important one. It is also called Eid el-Kebir (the greater holiday) and the Feast of the Sacrifice, as it commemorates that Allah tested Ibrahim (Abraham's) faith by asking him to sacrifice his first son, Isma'il (Ishmael), his son by Hagar, then at the last moment, as Ibrahim was about to kill his son in submission, Allah substituted a lamb for Ishmael.You no doubt recognize the Old Testament story in the Judeo-Christian tradition, except the son to be sacrificed in that narrative is Abraham's second son, the one by Sarah, Isaac. Eid Al-Adha occurs on the 10th day of the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Dhu Al-Hijjah (the month possessing/of the pilgrimage), and concludes the days of the rituals of the hajj pilgrimage, the 5th Pillar of Islam.Eid Al-Fitr, also called the Lesser Eid, is the second of the 2 Eids, and is the "Feast of Breaking the Fast" that ends the month of Ramadan. The foods, visiting, and festivities are similar, though the exact religious meaning is different. There are special communal prayers in mosques for each, particularly on the first day. Each Eid lasts 3 days.The greetings are the same: "Eid Mubarak" (Blessed Eid) or "Eid Sa'eed" (Happy Eid). I was walking downtown at noon on the 16th (yesterday), and there were many young men in traditional Saudi dress heading off to prayers, following the Saudi timing of Eid Al-Adha. I surprised a few with Eid greetings for which I received a nice smile and a thank you. :D I saved my other Eid greetings for after sundown on the 16th for friends celebrating on a North American or non-Saudi schedule. Today, the 17th, is the main day and start day for Eid Al-Adha in South Asia. I have past posts on both Eids and on Hajj (Celebrations Category on the sidebar, or use the blog search feature) and others are upcoming. Thanks for your great question! I hope others will contribute their more detailed knowledge and experiences in their countries, communities, and families.
Well,for people like me, who are expatriates for whatever reason, in my case as a Muslim or in other cases for example Christians or Hindus, unfortunately, we know Utopia for sure is a fictious place, it has nothing to do with reality, so anyone reaching out to us on our respective festivals or in our woes in the communities we live in ,is a luxury we can not dream of, but, on the other hand, if we can feel welcome and at home anywhere we go, then,the word homesick would have lost its meaning.In many communities, merely touching a child with affection, or becuase he/she reminds you of your own,hardly passes without suspicions. we do not regret, or blame anyone , we chose our path and we knew we might have to pay the price in prime days of our life and in precious moments of happiness.Chiara, nice briefing on the background of this occasion, and explaining the difference between the two Eids.
Eid Mubarak :)
I appreciate the comment clarifying a question in my mind as to which was the more important holiday. Samer is not around for me to ask. Thanks,Chiara!
Thank you, Chiara!May God bless you.
I am sorry....I thought I had thanked you for this info as it was very interesting...thank you! and sorry for the delay/oversight.
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