A Family Celebration
There are many traditional celebrations throughout the world. There is Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter. Not everyone or every culture, so to speak observes these celebrations. It depends on your background, culture, and beliefs. While most families around the world celebrate the traditional holidays, many families, like my own, have similar celebrations that are like the traditional holidays.
Every year within my culture and religion we celebrate (Eid) al Fitr. Eid is the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity’, while Fitr means “break-fast,” and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. Eid is almost like Christmas, with family gathering, festive attires, giving of gifts, and food, this holiday is very memorable.
Usually Eid falls right at the mid end of the year right after the end of the months fast. This climate is warm at this time and the flowers are still in bloom which makes for a colorful season. I remember mom decorating the house by putting up her best draperies. I remember waking up Eid morning to the smell of homemade sawain. A drink that is prepared the morning of Eid that is made with condensed milk, spices, vermaselie, raisons, and sweet preserved cherries. It made the whole house smell sweet and calming. Not to mention the smell of moms homemade fruit cake. The fruits are grounded and then soaked in Caribbean Malta the night before. When baked the aromas of all the ingredients hits your nose like a cool summer breeze. The sound of infectious rhythms of Eid melodies fills the air while we prepare to attend the morning pray. Simply, it would not be Eid without hearing these sweet melodies that fill every room in the house.
As my mom, dad, and brother gets dress the site of happiness and excitement lights up everyone’s faces as my mom usually gathers then night before the beautiful clothing that we will be...
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