Happy Eid, from Gaza with love

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  Boy with Eid candies, Gaza 2012 Photographer Sarah el-khoudary

In Gaza, people celebrate. Yes, Gaza celebrates. Piles of all kinds of candy are spread everywhere on sidewalks in markets. Different kinds of fresh fruit, toys, snacks, Eid cookies. In Gaza, like so many other places in the world, kids are eager to wear their new clothes at the very early hours of the first day of Eid. They wake up early in the morning of Eid to get dressed and to pray along with the rest of the neighborhood, after spending the last week preparing with their Moms, going through shopping lists, and going with them to the market to buy their precious outfits, cleaning the house and caring for little spots while cleaning the staircase, helping bake the incredibly irresistible cookies.

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  Eid cookies, Gaza 2012 Photographer Sarah el-khoudary

In Palestine, those same children miss their dads who are either locked behind bars, behind crossings and borders, or locked under gravestones. In Gaza, you feel a bit excited about tomorrow. Then electricity goes off. You remember you didn’t iron your clothes, but you haven’t decided what you’re going to wear anyway, so you don’t bother getting mad about it. In Gaza, you see pictures of weekly demonstrations in villages in the West Bank, and you wonder how THEIR Eid is going to be after all that gas they inhaled and after one more day of being silenced by an army, after one more Friday of challenge, arrests, resistance, Sumood. Friends of yours wish a Happy Eid for everyone. Then wish the next Eid would be in a free Palestine.

You laugh

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Eid, Gaza 2012 Photographer Sarah el-khoudary
About Rawan Yaghi

Rawan Yaghi is a Palestinian woman from Gaza. She graduated from Jesus College- Oxford, where she studied Italian and Linguistics and at which she was awarded the first Junior Members' Scholarship, a student lead initiative to fund the studies of a student from a country in crisis. She is a Gaza-based writer. Fiction, journalism, and languages are among her interests.

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13 Responses

  1. Annie Robbins
    August 19, 2012, 11:35 am

    Eid Mubarak. huge shout out to all our friends in palestine and muslims everywhere.

    thank you rawan, bless you.

    free palestine.

  2. Walid
    August 19, 2012, 11:47 am

    Happy eid to you and everyone in Gaza, Rawan.

  3. Kathleen
    August 19, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Candy, cookies, prayers, dads behind bars and under gravestones. All in an effort to get back what is legally the Palestinians. Millions join with you in your prayers and efforts.

    • Abu Malia
      August 20, 2012, 12:00 pm

      You forgot the Halwa Kathleen. It ain’t Eid mubarak without some good Halwa. Wait a minute, did the Israelis invent Halwa? (sorry no time to find the link but i believe they claimed to have invented Halwa at some point) Ok, cherry tomatoes, humus, morality and the Desert Eagle (no it is not a Czech knock off you anti-Semites) they may have invented, but Halwa? Come on Zios!

      get off that Ziocaine\
      b4 it destroys your Ziostan\

      needs some polishing but the above could make a good hook for a rap song. Gotta talk to my little brother in-law, an up and coming young rapper.

      late Eid mubarak to you all!

      • Kathleen
        August 21, 2012, 8:11 am

        Abu is that the candy that is not like candy but makes you feel like you are eating something good for you. Ground sesame seeds with just enough sweetening to make a delicious treat? So good. Chocolate in there to if I am not mistaken.

        The Israeli’s have committed so many crimes stealing your homes, your land, olive trees and then trying to steal your identity. Well or someone like Golda Meier saying that you don’t exist at all. Does not get any more hateful and arrogant as that. Has to help a bit knowing that more and more people are becoming aware. Although as our friend Art Gish has said for over a decade “getting worse for the Palestinians on the ground”

  4. Taxi
    August 19, 2012, 12:15 pm

    Hellllllllllllow Gaza!

    Happy Eid and kisses all around from me to all you beautiful and brave people!

    Brace yourselves, you’re gonna be liberated in your own lifetime!

    Viva Viva Viva Falastina!

  5. Taxi
    August 19, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Mmmmmmm Maamool!

  6. Mndwss
    August 19, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Happy eid to you and your family.

    “kids are eager to wear their new clothes at the very early hours of the first day of Eid”

    When i was young we got slaom skis (or something). For xmas. We would open our presents, and as soon as we could (after dinner), run out and show them to our friends. And have a lot of fun.

    I hope you have a lot of fun with your friends.

  7. just
    August 19, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Eid Mubarak to all Muslims everywhere!

    Rawan, thank you for your message that resonates so fiercely for so many trying to make the best out of a terribly sad state of affairs.

    It signifies the resilience, strength and hope for justice and a better present and future that sustains a spirit that will not be broken.

    End the Occupation, let the people free to inhabit their rightful place in this world of ours as valued and beautiful human miracles with a rich and ancient history of their own.

  8. Inanna
    August 19, 2012, 10:15 pm

    3eed mbarke. My best to you and everyone in Gaza.

    I must admit to a passion for eid cookies – an Alawite friend used to reserve a large portion of his mother’s aniseed flavored cookies for me. I always made sure he got ma3moul at Easter!

  9. just
    August 20, 2012, 12:06 am

    I am humbled by my own experience that my friends got new clothes and some sweets on this celebration after communing with God through prayer and meditation of those that suffer daily.

    This is empathy and humanity distilled.

    Eid Mubarak.

  10. Blake
    August 22, 2012, 1:45 am

    Human beings shouldn’t have to be put through what Palestinians are subjected to and have been for over 6 decades now so its nice they can still smile through all that hopelessness and despair.

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