Monday, October 22, 2007

Eid Mubarak

Idul Fitri (that is how Indonesian people call it) is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadhan, the month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fitr means “to break the fast” (and can also mean “nature”, from the word “fitrah”) and so symbolozes the breaking of the fasting period.
~ Wikipedia ~

Idul Fitri is a joyous occasion with important religious significance, celebrating the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims celebrate not only the end of all that fasting but also thank God for the help and strength that they believe He gave them through the previous month to help everyone practice self-control. It is a time of giving and sharing, and many Muslims dress in holiday attire.

On 13th October we celebrated Idul Fitri here in Stavanger (I wish I celebrated it with my family in Indonesia). We woke up, ate a little, symbolizing the end of Ramadhan, then my hubby went to attend the special congregational prayer together with other Muslims in Storhaug Hallen. It was about a thousand people attended this special prayer. There are quite many Muslims here and mostly they are from Africa, South East Asia and Middle East.

I didn’t make any special food for this day but some of my friends invited me to their house and guess what, they made foods that I used to eat everytime I celebrated Idul Fitri in my home country. I was so happy. So, eventhough I was not with my family at least I can eat the same foods :)

~ Happy Eid Mubarak, Minal Aidhin wal Faidzin ~