03 November 2005
Happy Orozo Ait!
It was Orozo Ait today, the end of Ramadan. Orozo Ait still doesn't roll off my tongue the way Eid al-Fitr does. There wasn't much observance here in Bishkek, but it was obviously a holiday. I read through the Ramadan section of The Islamic Year with the boys and remembered the wonderful Ramadan and Eid we had in Jerusalem almost 10 years ago.
We also love Eid al-Fitr because our younger son was born that day and we always celebrate his birthday on Eid al-Fitr. Our older son thinks it would be a great idea for his birthday to come 10 days earlier every year.
I've recommended this book before, but I'll do it again. It is an excellent introduction to Islam and Muslim holidays, but it also has plenty of stories, projects, and other ideas for people like us who are more familiar with Islam, but don't have the traditions in our family. I especially like how it talks about how the holidays are celebrated in different countries, from Iraq to Bangladesh. It's definitely worth the money.