Sunday, October 14, 2007

Eid Mubarak

Today is Eid, the most important Muslim holiday. It is a time spent with families and giving gifts, especially to those who have less than you. It's a time to share what you have with others.


The city was especially quiet today and people on the streets visiting with family and friends were all dressed up in their new Eid clothes. All the shops are closed and many people are in their village 'homes'. Most people here identify their 'home' as a rural place where their families are from, even if they've spent their entire lives in the capital. This is a photo published in the Daily Star a couple of days back showing the trains crowded with people returning to their villages to celebrate Eid. Full cabins? No problem, you can travel on the roof.


Because this is the season for giving, Muslims who provide us with services often request an extra bit of money for the holidays. This includes our garbage man, my masseuse, and our local neighborhood beggars. This is one card we received last week...



The inside of the card reads....



It says, 'Eid bones' but we think what they really meant was 'Eid bonus, please'. The card is a nice gesture, and we're happy to give, but we think their campaign would be more successful next year if they sign the card. We have no idea who sent it!

Eid Mubarak everyone!

3 comments:

Kristina said...

Great pics - looks like your trip was an adventure!!!
Love and miss you lots!

Cizzie said...

I think I can name one scandalous memory... wasn't there when it happend but remember you telling me about it...
something with baths?! ;-)

Love, Cis

Cizzie said...

Oops wrong blog... had to be posted on Bangkok Memories... :-(