I had just dropped Scott off for his shuttle ride to the airport. He was headed to Fuzhou, China for a week of work.
It was a beautiful morning in Taichung. No AC needed, windows rolled down in our sweet sweet mini van. The Eurythmics jamming on the mixed CD Michael keeps in the car (more on him later). Not ready to head home, I cruised around the city looking for adventure. I found this colorful celebration in the street, parked the car and scurried back on foot to see what all the excitement was about.
Say: eed ul fit-ur. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month.
It’s a joyous day for Muslims
Need a Ramadan 101 lesson? Don’t worry, I did too.
During the month long Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. When the month long fast ends it is celebrated as a “holiday” called Id-al-Fitr (the Feast of Fast Breaking), the Festival of Breaking the Fast. Friends and family gather to pray in congregation. It’s a joyous day for Muslims.
I strolled around, taking it all in, wondering how I missed this in my 4+ decades in the U.S.
Greeted with smiles
As I walked through the crowd, I was greeted with smiles and nods. Several people came up to talk to me, some to simple say hello. What impressed my American brain was the peacefulness. I do believe the temperament and energy would have been different in the USA. Here, no one yelled racial slurs, no police required to “keep the peace” and no protesters. It truly was a joyous day, as it was meant to be.
This is tolerance & acceptance
Taiwan’s president is Ms. Tsai. This was printed in the local newspaper the following day. Take the time to read this beautiful mindset, as it’s one you’re likely not to be exposed to in the U.S.
From the U.S. Associated Press
White House does not plan Ramadan event
Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Let us all take the opportunity to practice tolerance. With love and peace,
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