Clear Stream Avenue kindergarten students marked Eid al-Fitr with a big celebration, exploring the cultural traditions associated with the Islamic holiday. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Many Clear Stream families observe Ramadan and Eid, according to a press release, and the celebration helped teach many non-Islamic students about the significance of the holiday. Kindergarten aide Rabia Maqbool delivered a presentation about Ramadan to students, discussing the religious practices integral to the tradition including prayer and fasting.
Maqbool also painted various designs of henna on students’ hands as students also decorated picture frames with henna-inspired designs. The frames were used to take photos of students’ hands with henna art.
Kindergartners also listened to the book “Nadia’s Hands” by Karen English about a Pakistani girl who is chosen to be the flower girl for her aunt’s wedding. Teachers dressed in traditional Islamic clothing and Principal John Singleton performed an authentic celebratory dance.