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    Posted July 23, 2013 by
    SteffieKeith
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    Brooklyn, New York
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    Your favorite Eid traditions

    Eid in Brooklyn, NY

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     “There are four mosques in the immediate neighborhood and each one celebrates Eid slightly differently,” said SteffieKeith from Bedford-Stuyvesant, a part of Brooklyn that has become a popular area for African immigrants.

    “One mosque has the street blocked off during prayer time and all the worshippers fill the streets for prayer time. Another mosques blocks off the street for the whole day and has a street party. But at every mosque, people don their fanciest outfit of the year most in an African style. The fabrics are brightly colored. Entire families come out together, most people take the day off from work and the immigrant restaurants along Fulton Ave. are filled with people,” said the 47-year-old travel journalist who has been living in the area for eight years.

    “I lived and worked in Egypt for a year and experienced Ramadan in several Muslim countries: Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. I realized what a special time Ramadan and Eid is for Muslims. It's not easy to fast especially in the summer. Ramadan is an entire community coming together and making an effort for their beliefs. Eid celebrates that effort. I like documenting Eid because it is a happy time for Muslims. Most news coverage of Muslims focusses on war, terrorism and racism against them. I like to provide an alternative to this coverage,” she added.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    I live in an area of Brooklyn that is historically African-America and becoming an enclave for immigrants from Africa. There are four mosques within a five block radius of my house. Every Eid there are big celebrations at these mosques with both the women and men donning gorgeous traditional outfits. The streets and sidewalks are filled with Muslims from different countries. I love seeing the happiness of this day for the Muslim community: entire families coming together at the mosques to pray, to enjoy a day together and to look fabulous.
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