12 October 2007

Happy Eid

Today in the "Christian Nation" of Uganda... there is no workforce to be found... not one school is open... and there is not an empty stomach to be found...

It's a perfect day to take a nap in the middle of the road... because every taxi is parked!

With the sight of a full-moon last night... every Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical began to celebrate.

The entire country was glued to their radios last night... waiting to hear the news... Ramadan is officially over!

What does this mean?

It means that there are a bunch of hungry Muslims ready to party all night... and I probably won't sleep for the next 3 days!

Allow me to show off my copy and paste skills...

Eid (عيد) is the Arabic word for feast. Eid ul-Fitr (عيد الفطر) is the holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan and the month-long fast. During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn (before sun rise) to sun down, having their first daily meal at sun down prayer time. The purpose of fasting is to teach Muslims patience and humility, as well as to remind Muslims that they are fortunate and should help the needy and less fortunate. After sun down of the last day of Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr starts. In the early morning of the first day of Shawwal (first day of the Eid), Muslims perform a ritual prayer called the Eid prayer. Sweets, food, and non-alcoholic drinks are distributed in masajid and homes. Celebrations extend up to three days. (Taken from wikipedia.org... I'm guessing that since it was so easy to take... with permission?)

Why are the "reached people" of Uganda celebrating?

Ugandans are spiritual people who love public holidays... but sadly for me it shows off the plurality of Ugandan religion... in many cases there is hardly a distinction between one religion and the next. Call it "hit and run proselytizing"... you might have seen multiple hands raised during the alter call... but who stuck around to show them which team they are now on?

So tonight I'll celebrate Eid... with 2 earplugs and a bottle of Tylenol PM on my night-stand...

Happy (Islamic) Holidays!

2 comments:

Teenietinyt said...

hahahahaha

Flo Oakes said...

Ohhhh my gosh-that new picture KILLS me..it is amazing..hahahahaha!