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Eid Mubarak!!!

For all my friends around the world who finally broke their fast – Eid Mubarak!!

There is no mistaking the joyous celebration that comes with Eid.

INDONESIA

A couple of years ago I was in Indonesia during Lebaran (Ramadan). I will never forget meeting a friend at a mall, lining up for food with the throngs. All places to sit were full, plates heaping with delicious smelling feasts.. with everyone waiting.. waiting… waiting for the ‘gong’ to signal the sun had set and it was time to break the daily fast.

During that period, I stayed in a penthouse apartment in the central part of Jakarta. I had the most amazing view of the non-stop fireworks that started in the build-up to Eid then an ear splitting crescendo that kept roaring back over and over in jubilant bursts all night.

INDIA

Back in Bandra, Mumbai, we live next door to a mosque. The call to prayers weaves its way into the daily fabric of our lives. So it was no surprise when the spattering of fireworks signalled it was finally time…

Even better. a friend from Karachi / London invited us to his mother’s home in Mumbai for the feast! It was a carnivores carnival of delight…

So to all my Muslim friends here (India), there (Indonesia) and all around the world – Eid Mubarak!!!

Celebration time!

Celebration time! (Islamicartdb.com)

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Makar sakranti / pongal feast

You know it is makar sakranti when every street corner in Mumbai is bursting with kites.

Known as makar sakranti in Maharashtra and pongal in Tamil Nadu, it is a time to celebrate the end of winter with flying kites and feasting!

It is also a time to get rid of the old and welcome the new. (more…)

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