Got my Henna done
For the celebration festival
Of Eid al-Adha.
The most Holy Day of the Muslim year.
It honors the willingness of Abraham
to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience
to God’s command. But, before Abraham
could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration
of this, an animal is sacrificed
and divided into three parts:
one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors;
and the remaining third is retained by the family.
Big Eid is like Christmas Day
and every holiday rolled into one.
Eid is actually Tuesday.
This was just a bazaar.
And I got a new hijab.
And it’s made from a cooler fabric.
I’m quite certain this bread
- Nan, Pan, Roti-
isn’t worth eating.
Only homemade is worth it.
I’m certain it’s pizza crust.
But this tea, though.
Cardamom with whole milk.
As I was getting my Henna treatment,
A very kind woman came up
And asked if I was hungry.
Her Grandaughter was the henna artist.
Hungry? Well yes. Yes, I am!
She took some Chicken Biryani, and
Tore off little bits with her hands.
She said “Open up!”
And put it in my mouth.
She stood there and fed me
Nearly a whole plate of food!
It was so unusual and unexpected!
I was in tears almost.
I don’t even know her.
She just looked after me.
She said “Come to Mama!”
I guess I did just that!
And that is what Eid is all about.