Celebrating Eidul Fitr: Same sentiments, different places

Published: August 9, 2013

A boy attends prayers for the Muslim Eidul Fitr holiday which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramazan, at the Parc Chanot exhibition centre in Marseille August 8, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

“Haw, it must be so boring spending Eid away from home!”

This is something I have heard on more than one occasion throughout my life: elders of the family pitying those who have left home, particularly for ‘non-Muslim’ countries. As a child, it made me imagine a horrible picture of life abroad where Ramazan would be spent in dark lonely corners, having no halwa on Eid Miladun Nabi, and no one to check out your new crisp dress on Eidul Fitr.

The reality, however, is far from that, and I realised this as I grew up.

Working for a news organisation literally opened a window for me to the “outside” world.

Here is a picture compilation of people celebrating this Eid world over:

What people eat

A Moroccan bakery in The Hague, Netherlands, sells sweet snacks to Muslims. PHOTO: AFP

Palestinian women prepare sweets for sale ahead of Eidul Fitr, in the West Bank city of Ramallah August 6, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

Iraqis prepare sweets at a bakery for the occasion of Eidul Fitr holiday on August 8, 2013 in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighbourhood. PHOTO: AFP

Egyptian women prepare pastry to be used for Eidul Fitr cookies outside Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on August 7, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

What they wear:

A child stands in a mosque following Eidul Fitr ceremony, in Pristina on August 8, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Mosques in China:

Chinese Hui Muslim leave prayers at the historic Niujie Mosque in Beijing on August 8, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese Muslims sit performing Eidul Fitr prayers at a mosque in Zibo, in eastern China’s Shandong province on August 8, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

A young Chinese Hui Muslim boy watches as people receive blessings from an imam at the historic Niujie Mosque in Beijing on August 8, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Eid is double the fun when you’re a child

Afghan girls look on and sit on an amusement ride as they celebrate Eidul Fitr, in Kabul on August 8, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

A young boy holds a balloon as Indonesian Muslims gather to take part in special morning prayers near the Bajrah Sandhi monument in Denpasar on Indonesia’s island of Bali on August 8, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

And here’s my favourite picture:

A Muslim man embraces his son at the start of Eidul Fitr at Lakemba mosque in Sydney August 8, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

If you’re away from home and enjoying Eid, send us your pictures to [email protected] and show your loved ones you’re not alone.


Ema Anis

The social media editor for the web desk at The Express Tribune. She tweets as @EmaAnis (twitter.com/EmaAnis)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Hassan

    Good Article !! …. btw how could you forget the Sheer Khurma :P and of course the EIDI …. every EID is incomplete without these :) Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    I wish happy Eid to all Pakistanis.

    One request from me: Please boycott my nation’s product – Chennai Express – as it doesn’t seem right Pakistanis being entertained by Indian Movies, when our soldiers are dying. If India is an object of hate, so should be its movies. It will be a win-win for both of us, as the Lollywood movies will entertain you.

    You guys deserve Lollywood.

    Happy Eid! Recommend

  • Indian

    @ Author

    What nice pictures..where is this place,Pristina ?
    Eid Mubarak.Recommend

  • gp65

    Beautiful pictures and Eid Mubarak. I too would like to know where Pristina is. Thank you.Recommend

  • http://POK darbullah

    All muslims have freedom to celebrate their festivals in Christian and Hindu countries. But never can Christians and Hindus celebrate their festivals peacefully in Muslim Countries.Recommend

  • ajeet

    The only places EID is being celebrated in peace by muslims are the countries where muslims are in minority.Recommend

  • Parvez

    @Indian and gp65………..Pristina also spelt Prishtina is the capital of Kosovo.
    For the author of the article…………..lovely pictures.

  • Indian

    Thank you.Recommend

  • http://www.indianexpress.com/picture-gallery/india-celebrates-eidulfitr/3187-1.html socko

    Here is how my country ((Incredible India) celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr… Wish all of you Eid MubarakHope you enjoy the pics…


  • seriously?

    @ Anoop
    @ darbullah
    @ ajeet
    Why such hate? This blog is about celebration of Eid, and yet you with your stereotypical minds couldn’t resist to put hateful comments …Recommend

  • Noor

    @ seriously

    Just because you didn’t like the content of what darbullah and ajeet said doesn’t make it untrue.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli

    Pristina is in Kosovo eastern Europe newly state.Recommend

  • Indian

    @ Ali Tanoli

    Thank you. Happy Independence Day : )Recommend