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Have you experienced the Ied holiday in any country? If so, what was it like? Which country was it in? Do you live there or were you visiting? Do you recommend that travellers visit that country during Ied?
14 years ago, September 12th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #48567  
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hi there,

I am travelling to Damascus during Ied holiday. Anybody has been there during that time. I would like to see and feel how it is celebrated in Middle East and on top of that some people told me that it is an amazing old/historical city. Currently live in Dubai and not much celebration happening here during this holiday. thanks!! Reply to this

14 years ago, September 14th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #48670  
Damascus is a fascinating city, and very, very different from Dubai! Three recommendations to visit when you are there: Azem Palace, the Souq al-Hamidiyya and the amazing Umayyad Mosque. If possible, try to spend some extra time in this incredible country as there is plenty to see - though crowds could be a problem due to the holidays.

I was fortunate to be in Cairo for Ied a few years ago and it was something to behold, and suspect that Damascus would be equally impressive. Reply to this

14 years ago, September 15th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #48787  
Hello Yani 😊

What is Ied holiday and when is it? Reply to this

14 years ago, September 15th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #48788  
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thanks for the suggestions re the places to visit in Damascus!!! counting down the days ;-)!!

Ied Fitr is the celebration at the end of Ramadan, the fasting month for Moslems. I think it will be on the 1st of Oct. Reply to this

14 years ago, September 16th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #48904  
Is it what is also known as the sugar festival? All the shops and business and probably everybody else too give out sweet treats to all who come their way. Reply to this

14 years ago, September 16th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #48907  
During Ramadan, sickly sweet desserts abound, as if you are fasting all day, you need good energy sources to sustain you - and what better way then sugary sweets!

It has an interesting impact though, for as the afternoon wears on, people become quite lethargic, and even the cars move a bit slower. However, after the post-sunset food and sugar fix, there is a noticable increase in the energy levels of everyone, and the traffic becomes manic! Reply to this

14 years ago, September 21st 2008 No: 7 Msg: #49344  
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Even though this blog is catagorized as "Middle East"... Just want to share a bit about the Eid Fitr in the country with the largest muslim population on earth: the south east asian country Indonesia , which is the northern neighbour of Australia.

I am indonesian and live near the southern border of the capital Jakarta... To me Eid Fitr means shopping, good food, family visits, no servants...

Shopping for food, for presents. To some people, like subordinates or nephews or nieces, I will just give cash gifts.
As I am not one of the elder family member.. I will be visiting at least 5 uncles or aunts during 3 days..
Often people tend to visit the eldest family members, e.g. my aunt will be visited by all her children, their spouses and her grandchildren.
A few million people will go back to their hometown, including servants, drivers... So bosses, be ready to clean your stuff by yourself...
A few days before Eid Fitr, the news will defenitely show the latest about the traffic jams on the island of Java and Sumatra because so many people go back to their hometown by bus, motorcycle and car.

THe national holiday is on 1 - 2 oct (1st oct is Eid Fitr), but the banks are closed for at least 5 working days (monday 29 sep till fri 3 oct).

The atmosphere of Eid Fitr is comparible to Christmas...
For non muslims... it can be interesting if you know some indonesian friends, colleagues or neighbours, so you can visit their houses, or join their family visits and taste the yummy snacks and/or food...
A few people have open -house for friends... However, Eid Fitr is more a family occasion...
Usually friends and work colleagues come together a few days after Eid Fitr holidays.
A lot of non muslims also go on holiday during these national holidays so I guess you will see a lot of people on e.g. the island of Bali...

Eid Fitr for tourists can just be another quiet national holiday..
But if you are in Jakarta, just don't visit tourist places like Ancol (beach/art market/sea world) or Taman Mini Indonesia (normal sized replicas of traditionl houses of all the 33 provinces and lots of other museums) or the zoo (ragunan) , because thousands of people will go there after their family visits.

Eid Fitr ? family first, friends a bit later

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14 years ago, September 21st 2008 No: 8 Msg: #49349  
So is it called Ied or Eid? :S Reply to this

14 years ago, September 21st 2008 No: 9 Msg: #49359  
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In Indonesia we say : " Idul Fitri", our malaysian neighbours say " Aidil Fitri".
That is why I had to look up the term "Eid ul Fitr" from an american book about Islam.

I think the website wikipedia can explain better than I do. Please correct me if I am wrong. From wikipedia:
Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break the fast" (and can also mean "nature", from the word "fitrah") and so symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. end quote. Reply to this

14 years ago, April 2nd 2009 No: 10 Msg: #67960  
1 posts moved to this new topic: Rani from Syria Reply to this

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