Our house is filled with sweet, buttery aroma of baked cookies. Eid al-Fitr is upon us, a “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” It is an important religious holiday celebrated by millions of Muslims around the world. It marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, self-refection. And it is coming to a small but vibrant Muslim community living in Fishers.
Eid celebration in Bosnia, where I am from, was always less about religion itself and more about gathering and spreading the joy. Food was at the center of it – savory lamb dishes, delicate dolmas (meat- and rice-stuffed vegetables) and burek – rolled dough filled with minced beef or vegetables. Sweets like baklava or kadaif prepared for dessert. All shared with family, friends and neighbors.
Most of us, in our previous homelands, belonged to the same fabric of society, sharing the same traditions for hundreds of years. Now, we are part of a different community, adding to its diversity and flavors. A good community is where different cultures and traditions are embraced and celebrated. If you do not know what Eid is about and how it is celebrated, find a Muslim neighbor or a co-worker and ask, be curious about it. And if you are a Muslim, invite a non-Muslim neighbor or a co-worker to your Eid party and share the amazing food and your traditions. May this Eid be filled with happiness, peace and new friends at your table. Eid Mubarak!
Amna Tokmo, Fishers