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    Your favorite Eid traditions

    Eid at Taj Mahal


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     During Eid in 2009 Laurens Meulman, 35, from the Netherlands was on one of his many trips to India. On this occasion he visited Taj Mahal in Agra: “The square at the back of the Taj Mahal, overlooking the Yamuna river, was packed with people with big spreads of food in front of them. I didn’t get a change to do much people-watching as a family invited me to join them to share their food. I spent a good hour with the family, eating, smiling, playing with their kids, trying to communicate as best we could. The henna-painted hands of one of the women in the group caught my eye and I asked her if I could to take a photo.”

    “It’s a fascinating place, very different from what we would be used to in Western Europe. A visit to India is always an assault on the sense – all of them – and never boring,” he said.

    Mr Meulman said he has no particular relationship with Eid, but that growing up in multi-cultural Holland in the 1980s there were always Moroccan and Turkish classmates who would bring treats for the entire class at Eid.

    “I remember wondering what the painted hands were all about…now I know,” he said.

    “I have also worked with Muslims from across the world over the years and have been invited to a number of Eid celebrations. I am not a Muslim myself, so there’s no spiritual connection for me, but Eid does always remind me of good food, sweets, sharing, being with family and generosity,” he added.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    A lady showing her henna-decorated hands outside the Taj Mahal, India.
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