The leaves have started falling in my state, the weather is often that perfect not too hot, not too cold temperature (probably feels like the worst of winter for those of you in warm climates :p), and midterm exams are here!
Eid-ul-Adha was last Thursday so I went home for the day. I had filled out forms for missing class if it was Wednesday (can’t confirm the date until about 10 days beforehand because it depends on the lunar calendar) but I only have a large lecture and discussion on Thursdays, so I “unofficially” skipped :p
I’m so glad I *could* skip, because Eid is all about family and traditions for me. I know several people either couldn’t miss classes due to exams or chose to stay in my college town, but I don’t feel the Eid feelz unless I go to my hometown masjid (mosque), eat donuts, and hang in out with my family.
One of my brother’s sons was born on Eid-ul-Adha two years ago (Oct 15) so my sister-in-law did some combined Eid/birthday cake fun. My older nephew (born Sept 30) has been all into cakes and birthdays recently after attending a few birthday parties, so he requested an early Eid/Birthday celebration :p
My older nephew really enjoys being read to, and I really wanted to get him some relatable kid books for Eid. He’s all into random Nick cartoons and his huge Caillou book, but this might be a fun way for him to learn about his culture/religion.
After perusing through Reem Faruqi’s children book reviews (great list btw! There’s so many good Ramadan books I’ll have to get next year), I picked out four books.
This Apple Tree book (above) is so great! It’s all about sharing with other people and I think that’s a very applicable lesson for a 4 year old. He might wanna plant a tree after reading this :p
I also got this bilingual Urdu/English book because I thought it’d be cool….but it’s a very boring story. :p haha. Actually there isn’t a story at all which is why it’s so bad. (Side note: I thought I’d return it and get more books, but Amazon told me I can get a refund and not have to send it back! That is so weird!)
I think I’m gonna order a few more books to make it a full combined Eid/Birthday gift. These two look really good!
After coming back to college, I went to a Pakistani Student Association Eid party and then rushed to finish my physics homework due at midnight (procrastination is okay on religious holidays, right? Haha). And that was my Eid!
How did you spend your Eid or random September Thursday? 🙂