Muslim students celebrate Eid
November 13, 2011
On Sunday, Nov. 6, Muslims around the world began their celebration of Eid-ul-Adha, the Islamic “Festival of Sacrifice”, in which they remember the sacrifice that Abraham was willing to make to show his loyalty to God. The day begins with morning prayers either at the mosque or at home and continues into the night with parties, beautiful clothes, music, friends, family, and overall lively festivities. Senior Sameed Siddiqui compares the celebration of Eid to Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas because they, too, begin with prayers and proceed to be celebrated with parties and gift-exchanges. Sameed’s family traditionally eats unique dishes on this auspicious occasion, including “Shir Korma,” a sweetened milk dessert and breakfast pudding topped with dates. Senior Roshelle Czar, enjoys special Eid dishes like “biryani” (rice and chicken) and “falooda” (sweet noodles, ice-cream and soda syrup). “I would say Eid is definitely a lot more festive in Pakistan because the night before Eid, which is called ‘Chand Raat’, we all go shopping for bangles, earrings, and finish last minute tasks. It’s just a blast because entire streets are lit up and everyone is excited and ready to have fun.” “Additionally,” Sameed explained as he discussed the pitfalls of having to balancing culture with school, “in Muslim countries the days of Eid are often national holidays so that people can enjoy and celebrate in a more stress-free manner as opposed to always thinking, ‘Oh [no!]…I have a bio test in two days!’” This year’s Eid-ul-Adha was especially great for Roshelle because she got to spend it with her friends, who experienced her culture with her. Roshelle’s favorite part of Eid-ul-Adha is receiving money from everyone because “by the end of the day you have about 200 dollars with you… how could you possibly not like that, right?” As they say in Urdu, “Eid Mubarak!” Enjoy the rest of the festivities as part of this colorful culture.