An American Eid

Disclaimer: This might or might not be typical of functionally single American Muslims (those who do not have family, close relatives, spouses, kids around during Eid).

Eid al Fitr is a 3 day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. The first day is especially significant and is marked by an extra Eid prayer in the morning & all sorts of individual family traditions after.

But Eid celebrations actually start right after sunset on the last day of Ramadan. As you shove that last moist medjool date in your mouth  you’re happy that the month of fasting is over & regretful that you did not make the best of your time.  But who’s got time to dwell on that when Eid is starting?

For those of you who have not experienced Eid yourself, let me take you through a typical Eid day.

It starts the day before with flowers arriving from your Boo. Yep, you’re smiling cause he remembered. It’s gonna be a good Eid tomorrow after all 🙂 IMAG1156-1.jpg
Next comes preparations for the following day. Some families have food traditions, others have decorations, shopping and the like. Henna is one such tradition that crosses many cultures. Once you have henna on your hands you will have an excuse for the next few hours to sit back and do nothing.BTW, driving with wet hennaed hands is not recommended… henna
You want to sleep early cause you want to go to the early morning Eid prayer. If I sleep early, I’ll wake up early.Darn it, why am I still awake? clock
3AM I’m going to have dark circles under my eyes tomorrow. No wait, it’s today. Remind me to wear concealer tomorrow. Sighhhhh…. IMAG1163
5:30AM huh?It’s time to wake up for fajr prayer already?

Why am I so hungry at 5:30AM? Oh I know, because my body is used to having breakfast at 4am. Just go back to sleep, you’ll have time for breakfast before prayer when you get up.

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7:00AM Snooze
7:07AM Snooze
7:14AM Snooze
7:21AM Snooze
7:28AM Snooze
7:35AM Snooze
7:42AM Snooze
7:49AM Snooze
7:56AM Snooze
8:03AM Snooze
8:10AM Snooze
8:17AM Snooze
8:24AM Snooze
8:31AM Snooze
8:38AM Snooze
8:45AM OMG, I’m lateeee
Hurry hurry, shower, iron your clothes IMAG1165
Ok, I’ve missed the 7AM, 8AM and 9AM prayers. 10:30AM prayer, here I come- if I can get out of the house in time…So much for having time for breakfast before prayer IMAG1162
9:55AM
Make-up – check
Henna- check
New bracelet- check
New clothes- checkGet in the car and drive. Don’t forget to recite the takbirs while driving to the prayer location.Wait, did I remember to brush my teeth?
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10:20AM You’re at the location, along with 600 other people looking for parking
10:29AM You’re in the prayer hall
10:30AM You’ve made it in time! Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu AkbarPrayer done, sermon done.EID MUBARAK everyone!!As you nudge your way out of the hall you meet lots of community members whom you haven’t seen since the last Eid prayer. Looking great Aunty…
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Now collect your hijabi crew and let’s head to the next destination.When you catch the 10:30Am prayer you end up not ending until 11:30AM. What that really means is that it’s too late to have breakfast.Early lunch sounds good! IMAG1178
Uh huh, yes. This is exactly where you go after lunch. Make sure you’re in time for your Red Door Spa appointments!Ahhh, pedicure. The hot wax treatment is excellent. Of course your feet will slip and slide in your sandals for the rest of the day but still so worth it Smile

Iridescent blue nails? Well, why not- it is Eid after all and even the nail technician thinks it’s a happy color.

(For the non-functionally single folk out there, this is when they go to Eid open houses for more food)

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Next up, girly shopping.To complete the pampering, your girlfriends and you need to get new facial products and make up.

Hurry hurry, the movie is going to start soon.

(For the non-functionally single folk out there, this is when the Eid afternoon siesta is calling your name. Actually screaming it from rooftops)

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What could be more girly than watching Wolverine at the cinema?Too bad Elysium doesn’t play until 10pm tonight.

Got your popcorn, soda and Iciee?

Movie done, time to switch the phone back on. 15 text messages in the past 2 hours and only one from a known number? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE and why are your texting me Eid greetings?

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To continue with the Eid tradition of overeating, it’s now time for dinner with friends. How does New Orleans Hot Boiled Crawfish sound? Om nom nom nomYou *might* have dinner companions who are grossed out watching you eat bright red sea cockroaches (more specifically sucking the goo out of the crawfish heads) but don’t let that stop you from enjoying yourself. IMAG1182
Beignets for dessert- need I say more?Accept that your clothes will need dry cleaning because your shirt loves crawfish juice and powdered sugar too. IMAG1184
10PM Home again home again jiggity jig.Time to make lots of phone calls around the globe congratulating everyone on Eid.

Happy Eid Everyone!

2 Comments

  1. JenniferAugust 9, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this! Thanks for posting 🙂

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  2. AfshanAugust 10, 2013

    Exactly what my daughters did when they were single. 😉

    Reply

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