Thursday, July 7, 2016

Eid al Fitr 2016

We celebrated the end of Ramadan with a large gathering at the Civic Center, where Eid prayers were performed. Ramadan was a good month, full of prayers and blessings. Safa and Hamza have been completing their fasts with us for years, but this year, Bilal was also able to complete 2 full fasts, along with several half fasts, where he'd get up early morning with us for breakfast, but eat a few hours before sunset, instead of fasting until sunset. He started doing that sporadically last year, in preparation for when he is required to fast. He was 9 this year, so fasting is still not obligatory for him.

After prayers, we came home, and the boys spent a few hours assembling the Lego models, which were part of Bilal's Eid gifts.

It looks like Hamza was doing most of the building!

In the evening we met with a group of friends for dinner, at a local Indian restaurant. For the last few years, Ramadan and Eid have been falling over the kids' summer break, which is based on the lunar calendar. Makes for long days of fasting, but little more of any other activities required. Next year, they will fall 10 days earlier, and so on, since the average lunar year is 354 days, instead of 365.


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