Celebrating Eid in the Time of Corona

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end this Saturday marking the end of the sunset-to-sunrise fast. Under normal circumstances, Muslims around the world would celebrate Eid al-Fitr with large family feasts, music, sung poetry, and sumptuous foods and desserts. Sadly, not so this time around.

Eid will feel different this year with smaller–or possibly digital–stay-at-home family gatherings and more subdued celebrations. My staff and I would like to wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a Happy and Blessed Eid–one that is filled with love, good health, safety, and, most importantly, the hope that the virus shall soon pass and next year’s celebration will be bigger, better, and more joyous. 

On the positive side, during our shelter-in-place months, many have rediscovered the joy of reading and cooking at home. The promise of literature as a way to unite us again is taking shape and helping us take our minds off of all the lies, disinformation, incompetence, and vile toxicity that is being propagated by the current administration.

Below are my recommendations for good Eid reads and gift ideas. And to say THANK YOU for your unwavering support during these difficult times, we’d like to share with you the recipe for qatayef from Joudie Kalla’s Baladi: Palestine, a wonderful Eid dessert famous throughout the Arab World. We have made it many times at home and I can tell you that it is delicious and guaranteed to bring you some desperately needed lockdown pleasure. Remember, we are still offering a free gift and free shipping until the end of May.

Thank you for your support. Please stay healthy and safe.

Michel Moushabeck