Thursday, November 03, 2005

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak عيد مبارك, or, as they say in Algeria, Sahha Eidek صحّا عيدك to everybody!

Today is Eid al-Fitr, the day on which the Ramadan fast ends and the subsequent feasting begins. The Arabic term (`iid al-fiTr عيد الفطر) means "Festival of Fast-breaking"; the original meaning of the root fTr seems to be "cleave, cut open", from which it acquired the senses of "form, make" on the one hand and (in a metaphor somewhat similar to the English one) "break fast" on the other. In North Africa, it is more generally known as El Eid Es Sghir (l`id SSghiR العيد الصغير), "the small festival" (as opposed to Eid al-Adha, the "big festival").

PS: luggi turns out to come from a widely attested Berber word ileggwi, meaning a spiny plant (variously broom or needle-furze) - as Salem Chaker was the first to suggest.

3 comments:

Mark Dingemanse said...

Eid Mubarak! On a sidenote, this day doesn't seem to fall on the same date for everyone. For some of my fellow students from the Rif, is was last Tuesday evening already. Probably nice to know, in Dutch the festival is called Suikerfeest (sugar festival) because of the abundance of candy and all sorts of confectionery that comes with it. My classmates usually call it El Eid Es Sghir, of course.

bangmat said...

Eid Mubarak!
In Malay, the usual greeting is Selamat Hari Raya - or to be wordy , it's Selamat Hari Raya Puasa where Hari (day) Raya (festival) Puasa (Fast). Eidil Fitr is also used. Best Wishes to you!

Cuttysark said...

Eid Mubarak! Best wishes to you and your family!