Eid Exasperations Exposed: Holiday gripes 'n' grumbles killing the Feast of Sacrifice
Muslims around the world - it’s OK. You can say it. No need to look sheepish -- at times, Eid can be trying. Yes, Eid Al Adha is that wonderful occasion where family and friends can come together and celebrate, eat and catch up...but this Feast of Sacrifice is also a time when you must surrender your right to a carefree break...the time of year when all of your nosey relatives ask unwanted prying questions about all things personal and drive you up the proverbial wall. When traffic overlaps curiously with standstill and quiet as workers shut up shop. Continue reading below »
Although definitely #firstworldproblems considering the plight of the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced across the region, as well as widespread poverty and hardship throughout the region, for some, anticipation of Eid Al Adha festivities leads to heart palpitations and profuse sweating that has nothing to do with health problems or the sunny Arab climate!
Many Grinch-like Christians have embraced their contempt of Christmas and it’s time for Muslims to stop beating around the bush and tap into their inner Eid scrooge!
Many of us are still recovering from the tummy aches associated with the excess amounts of sweets we so willingly scoffed (accepting those second and third helpings foisted on us by generous friends and family) during Eid Al Fitr a month and a half ago as we hear our families finalize plans for -- WHAT?! Eid Al Adha, already? Encore une fois?
With an abundance of delicious food served and several days off work, what could possibly go wrong?
As Islam celebrates the sacrifice the prophet Ibrahim made when offering his son to God, the streets across the Arab world turn into a slaughterhouse, with every Muslim family traditionally killing a sheep on the holiday in a bid to repay the sacrifice.
It is not only the holiday’s eating rituals that make it a ‘pain in the adha’ for many Muslims: With men of the family having to dole out cash to every female they’ve ever clapped eyes on and with many of us forking out for new clothes for your legions of nieces and nephews so soon after bleeding the bank account dry during Eid Al Fitr, not everyone is excited about this Eid encore.
From the slaughter of sheep to airport traffic, here is Eid exposed - a full disclosure of all the good, the bad and the ugly of the holy holiday dished out in 10 of the biggest grumbles.