Today, Brooklyn Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
The month of Ramadan is full of celebration and festivity as the Muslims immerse themselves in reading the Quran and Duas. The Muslims fast the whole month as it teaches them the true meaning of perseverance and tolerance while being empathetic towards the poor and needy.
At the end of the month, the Muslims are rewarded with the festival of Eid al Fitr.
Muslims all over the world celebrate the festival of Eid al Fitr by starting the day with the Eid prayer. After the Eid prayers, people greet each other with the customary Eid greetings, Eid Mubarak with a formal embrace, three times. The day is spent with friends and family as they get together indulging in eating and handing out Eidi, gifts given to kids on Eid. Everyone gets new clothes made for the special occasion as every single person wants to look his/her best. The festival revolves around the theme of togetherness and happiness. In essence, Muslims celebrate the blessings bestowed upon them by Allah.
[divider]Brooklyn Children’s Museum Celebrates Inaugural Ramadan Eid Festival[/divider]
This Sunday, June 17, Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Turkish Cultural Center are hosting the inaugural Ramadan Bid Festival, welcoming Brooklynites to learn the story of Eid al-Fitr and celebrate with a full day of Turkish music, food, dancing and art! Guests can stroll through the museum’s rooftop bazaar, enjoy Turkish food and fashion, learn calligraphy and experience the beautiful art of water marbling.
From 12:00pm to 5:00pm, the museum will boast a full schedule with programs, activities and performances featuring Whirling Dervish and Sufi musician Alp; the Brooklyn Amity School Orchestra with the Children’s Choir; the Wahab Orchestra; an Islamic Art Gallery in the newly established ColorLab, and Ebru Water Marbling Exhibition, a workshop where participants can learn about Ebru, the traditional Turkish art of creating colorful patterns by painting on a surface of oil and water.
To see a full schedule and for tickets, go here.