Eid Mubarak

Ramadan ends later this week, and as it ends it is followed by the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, عيد الفِطر (ʿīd-i fiṭr, Eid-e Fetr). I talked a little about the celebration of Eid-e Fetr over at my Arabic blog. As a holiday that follows a month of fasting, it’s not surprising to note that it revolves around food, both eating it and giving it to the less fortunate as charity. Spending time with family is also a big part of the holiday.

Appropriate greetings for the festival are the same as in Arabic, عيد مُبارَك (ʿīd mubārak, Eid Mubarak), “Blessed Festival (Eid)” and عيد سَعيد (ʿīd saʿīd, Eid Saeed), “Happy Festival.”

The Night of Power

At some point during the final ten nights of Ramadan, Muslims observe the Night of Power (لَيلة القَدر, laylat al-qadr, in Arabic), the night when Muhammad is said to have received the first Qur’anic revelation in the year 610. To read much more about the night and that first revelation, check out my Arabic blog. I’m not going to repeat all that here; this entry is just to note the Persian name for the Night: شَبِ قَدر (shab-i qadr). “Night,” which is لَيلة in Arabic, is شَب in Persian.

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