- Posted July 23, 2013 by
Brooklyn, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your favorite Eid traditions
Eid in Brooklyn, NY
“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