Ramadan (ruh-maa-daan) is a festival of fasting, prayer and service celebrated by Muslims all over the world. Eid (eed) is the the day after Ramadan ends and includes its own traditions for celebrating.
Introduce kids to the meaning behind the festivals and discover the cultural traditions of each through this beautiful children’s book by Ajanta and Vivek from Culture Groove.
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Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid! (Muslim Festival of Fasting & Sweets) is Book 4 in Culture Groove’s Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series* focused on raising cultural awareness through children’s books.
In this story, readers join Maya, Neel, and their pet squirrel, Chintu on their trip to New Delhi, India to celebrate Ramadan and Eid with their Muslim friends. Find out why (and how) Muslims fast for thirty days, learn new vocabulary, and discuss the importance of understanding and appreciating how people around the world celebrate holidays.
Ramadan Mubarak (a traditional greeting during Ramadan)
The story follows the children as they observe and participate in traditions such as waking up early for suhoor (the daily predawn meal), gathering for iftar (the meal that breaks the fast each evening of Ramadan), fasting or giving up something important, and serving others.
For the last night of Ramadan, Chand Raat (or night of the moon), the kids visit a market to try on bangles, buy new clothes, and get henna patterns drawn on their hands.
Eid Mubarak! (a traditional greeting during Eid)
The following day is Eid, and there are new traditions for the kids to explore. They visit a famous mosque to say a prayer and return home for a feast that includes a special Eid dish called Sheer Khurma (thin pasta and milk). The children receive Eidi, special money envelopes, and in the spirit of the holiday they decide to donate some of it to the poor (along with some sweets).
Visiting relatives, meeting new friends, and learning how Eid is celebrated in other countries rounds out this fun adventure for Maya, Neel and Chintu.
An info recap at the end provides questions and answers for an after-reading discussion.
*More books in the Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series include learning about Diwali, Holi, Navratri, Vaisakhi, and more!
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Learn more! World Celebrations: Ramadan