Thursday morning

9 Sep

Today is the 30th day of Ramadan, which means Eid begins tomorrow.

I had intended to follow that sentence with a comma (which, you are right to note, would have left it as a clause and not a sentence) and the words ‘which means the mister does not get a day off work’. Just in time, I realised that was a fairly disrespectful and narrow way to look at an event which means a lot of things to a lot of people.

I shall live through these days in the same way as I do Easter or Christmas. That is, events which mean a lot more to some people than they do to me, but are, nonetheless, opportunities to reflect a bit on life and all its wonders.

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4 Responses to “Thursday morning”

  1. miriam September 9, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    why doesn’t he get a day off? isn’t eid a big holiday there?

  2. ThirdCat September 9, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    yes, but it’s actually falling on Friday which is a day off anyway, and in the private sector they don’t shift holidays even if they fall on the weekend…can you imagine trying the same trick in Australia?

  3. fifi September 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    As it happens I was in a high school today in a classroom which was 100% muslim, and all the small boys were very wilted indeed…and waiting very eagerly for tomorrow…

  4. elsewhere September 10, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    A friend who’s an ESL teacher reported turning the sprinkler accidentally-on-purpose onto some Muslim boys during a hot Sydney summer.

    I have to say that once you’ve found yourself on a date (as I have), waiting for a Shi-ite Muslim to eat a cupcake at 5.26 pm, you can feel as though you’ve finally scraped the bottom of the cultural diversity barrel, tho I’m sure you’ve had your own interesting Ramadan experiences now.

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