When we lived in the US, Eid never felt like Eid. We never did anything. There were really no signs of Eid around.
Now, living in a Muslim country, Eid always feels like Eid………… Even if we still do nothing.
You know Eid is approaching as you see animals for slaughter out on the streets for sell or being transported in trucks.
It’s a little sad though, because in one truck, my son noticed that the animals were packed in so tightly that one animal’s leg was in a seemingly uncomfortable position.
This morning I heard a little sheep bleating outside my window. People buy their animals days before and keep them in their yards.
Of course seeing animals out on the street is not so unusual. During a morning stroll you may see someone herding goats or sheep…….
Yes, goats really eat everything!
Street vendors are normally out anyway, but more and more appear right before Eid.
Neighborhood stores begin to sell little Eid toys………..
And store candy displays take over large portions of stores.
On the day(s) of Eid, you will see kids parading around outside in their new Eid clothes.
We went to City Max, a large clothing store, for clothes last Eid. It was as crowded as it gets in the states for Christmas shopping and people are just as pushy.
We have been fortunate in the past (well, the kids) to have windows facing the street so they could watch zabihahs (slaughtering) from the window…they get a kick out of it.
These are some of the sights and signs of Eid……….. and even if we sometimes don’t really do anything for Eid, it still feels like Eid, Alhamdulillah.