It’s Eid! Let the feasting begin. But first…

If you haven’t seen this video, please take a few minutes and watch. It’s the best Ramadan video I’ve seen yet.

As someone without a “mainstream” holiday in the United States, I have learned that my holiday is treated a bit differently.

In New York City, the Mayor recognized Muslim students should be able to deserve to tell their story.

After all, we Muslims all remember having to ask for deadline extensions or extra accommodations. Only to have them refused by multiple supervisors/teachers/professors/instructors.

Now, keep in mind, I live in the US. I do not celebrate the four-day Eid celebration that Muslim countries can (and do sometimes).

And I get it. The date of Eid shifts. So it is difficult for supervisors/teachers/professors/instructors, as we cannot predict the holiday ahead of time.

But…I also know that my holiday is just as valid as anyone else’s.

This Eid marks a tragedy in the United States.

A horrible story broke out just yesterday, the last day of Ramadan. The day before our holiday.

Now instead of celebrating a holiday, the back of my mind is wrapped around the families, the loved ones, the colleagues of the people who lost their lives to someone who claims his inspiration came from my peaceful religion.

Will my holiday will be even more sidelined, even more difficult to justify, even more difficult to accommodate?

Do you celebrate a holiday we don’t often see coverage of? What will you do to make others aware of it?


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