The Eid holiday is upon us—the annual Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It’s a festive occasion in which the fast ends, charity is given, and everyone is in a good mood.
I love Eid. I love the cookies my mother makes, and I love going to the Mosque and seeing friends
that I haven’t seen in a long time. But there is one thing that always makes me take pause— why don’t the rest of my non-Muslim, fellow Americans acknowledge this holiday too?
Unlike Christmas, at Eid time people in this country don’t acknowledge the Eid holiday. While American mosques get crowded by millions of Muslims across the country looking to do their Eid prayers, the majority Muslim countries of the world do far more than that (lights, songs, and school holidays). But in America, if you turn on the TV, there are no ‘Happy Eid’ wishes from the stations—and you never hear an ‘Eid’ song on the radio.
Adam Sandler is a Jewish American movie actor who can identify with a lack of recognition for his religious holiday. He recorded a jocular Hanukah song that empathizes with any Jewish American who feels left out of Christmas, and reminds them of all the famous Americans who celebrate Hanukah also. But at least Sandler can say that everyone knows what Hanukah is.
Until you guys find a Muslim Adam Sandler, Happy Eid to all—from your cousins @ JewishJournal.com!