Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Celebrating Eid!

Today was Eid, a Muslim celebration which marks the end of Ramadan. It is celebrated by visiting and spending time with family and friends, sharing a feast together, buying and wearing fine new clothes and giving gifts to others. In room 6, we made the whole day about Eid. 

To begin our day, we discussed with the class how we celebrated everyones culture through the various language weeks (Maori language week, Tongan language week, etc), but that one culture from our class didn't have a language week, and thats not fair that we didn't celebrate theirs! We celebrated Eid to make sure we acknowledged and celebrated Mojtaba's culture. His family is the only family in our school (at the moment) who are from Afghanistan.

We had several aspects to our day 
-We learnt a song that explains how Eid is celebrated
-We learnt how to say 'Eid Mubarak' and greet people properly
-Decorated cookies that we could then give to people
-Made cards to wish people a happy Eid day
-Ate Sheer Pudding

We were so keen to try out the new Afghani food, with some then practising how to be polite about not liking it (haha!). We loved the idea of giving a card and cookie to somebody to wish them Eid Mubarak! The boys even spent the day looking after Mojtaba's two younger brothers who came to celebrate with us.

It was a great day all around. Our teachers were so proud of the kids and how enthusiastic we were to learn about the Afghani culture and gives things a go!

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