Our family waiting on our porch for the lift
Ramadan, pronounced “Ramazan” in India just ended at the end of August when we returned and we were just in time for Eid. Eid marks the end of fasting and focused prayer for Muslims here. It is like Christmas in the US. It is huge! It is actually 3 days long starting around the 1st, depending on the position of the moon. And depending on how affluent you are depends on if you really celebrate it . Cause it’s mostly about food. You have big yummy meals, invite people over, make lots of sweets and chai to serve. Everyone gets a brand new outfit for Eid also, complete with new shoes and for women bangles. As nice as you can afford. And you give little kids what they call “Eidy” wich is small gifts of money. They even come in search of the gift from you. It is mainly given within the family but you can give it to employees or there children. We eaven had some adults that work in our building doing different cleaning jobs come ask for there “Eidy”. I don’t know how cultural that is but they do have guts! The lady that cleans my toilet (only has been for a couple weeks) is Hindu and she asked me to buy her a new outfit. I didn’t do that but gave her and extra 1/3 of her salary. The next day she came back and demanded more from me. We went back and forth till finally I had to laugh and say ” You’re not even muslim!”. There was such a feeling of entitlement in her. It was interesting to say the least.
We felt lucky enough to experience Eid in the homes of our muslim friends and dressing up and going out to there houses only to come back with VERY stuffed bellies and sweaty bodies. Since they are new to the city we took our new citymates Steve and Devon to enjoy the festivities. Devon is a great photographer and I relied on her photos for most of these outings. Here are some of my favorite but you can view more on her blog and photography site, along with pictures of India in general.
A and V with there friend Aliya
- All the kiddos together, amazing!