Eid Mubarak is a phrase you will here a lot this week at the Center for New Americans. It is a traditional greeting for Mulisms which means, “Blessed Eid”. Eid al-Fitr is a three day celebration marking the end of Ramadan. This year Ramadan ended Wednesday, July 6th. The celebration of Eid includes lots of food, prayers and merriment with family and friends.
Ramadan is a 29-30 day period of religious fasting for Muslims all over the world. Observing Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset, refraining from any food or liquids. Ramadan is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam, along with confession of faith, prayer, alms giving and a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. A Sudanese student who came to Sioux Falls in 2009 says that one of the benefits of Ramadan is greater empathy. “Now we know what the poor man feels like…how tired he must feel. [Ramadan] makes you kinder.”
Eid Mubarak to our Muslim brothers and sisters! If you know someone who observed Ramadan, don’t forget to wish them Eid Mubarak as well.
Posted by Kristyne Walth, Volunteer Coordinator