Clothes Shopping for Eid

Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated as 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 so symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. The days leading up to Eid are not unlike Christmas in the USA. Shops are filled with people buying new clothes. Last night one of my photography students took me to Old Dhaka to visit some of the bazars. Rumor has it that Dhaka empty’s out as people return to their towns and villages to visit with family. I’ll believe it when I see it.

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4 thoughts on “Clothes Shopping for Eid

  1. Mindy McAdams

    Believe it, man. People return home to their villages and stay home, eating, hanging out with their families. The cities become ghost towns for two days! (At least, that is how it is in Malaysia.)

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  2. Sabrina

    Well, it doesn’t get as empty as it used to. More people are now settling in the city, and their ties to the village home are weakening. I’ve actually found traffic jams during the last two Eids. Another, relatively recent, development comes in the form of ‘underground racing’, where teenaged boys take advantage of the clearer roads and challenge each other to races. Grease, anyone?

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