A Feast of Sweets and Silliness

Ramadan is over! Yesterday, we celebrated Eid al-Fitr with our host family in site. (Eid was Friday for most people in the world, including Americans, but Moroccans celebrated on Saturday this year. It depends on the sighting of the moon.)

We spent literally all day with them, but we spent most of the day group-napping when we weren’t eating or being ridiculous.

Eid al-Fitr (Feast of the Breaking of the Fast) is also known as Eid Sghair (Little Feast). The Feast is a feast of sweets.

Eid al-Fitr (Feast of the Breaking of the Fast) is also known as Eid Sghair (Little Feast). The Feast is a feast of sweets.

The drari (children) were running the streets even wilder than usual. On Eid al-Fitr, kids dress up in new clothes and get extra money from their parents. Plus, eating and drinking in public are okay again. That all adds up to kids lining up at every hanut, buying up ridiculous toys and frivolous treats and then bounding around in packs causing trouble.

Lining up to buy these balloon toys that made the most annoying noise.

Lining up to buy these balloon toys that made the most annoying noise.

Kawtar and her friend.

Kawtar and her friend.

Tickle fight. (I WON btw)

Tickle fight. (I WON btw)

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So many shenanigans and hi-jinks…

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The cutest mother-daughter duo ever <3

The cutest mother-daughter duo ever ❤

And then one of the best parts of Eid! COUS COUS FRIDAY IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I have missed thee.

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Then a looooooooooooooong cous cous nap from like 2:30-7:00. Afterwards, we walked to Mama Ryqqia’s best friend’s house. I don’t know this lady’s real name, but everyone calls her Habibti or Habibtik (“My Love” or “Your Love”). She’s the wonderful person who gave us our teapot, tea cups, and serving platter when we first moved into our apartment.

More sweets at Habibti's house.

More sweets at Habibti’s house.

BFFs

BFFs

After that, we younger-folk left Mama Ryqqia and Habibti and took a walk downtown. We bought popcorn and watched the little kids drive the baby electric cars that are for rent every night.

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There were a few tents doing fake weddings for little girls, so Kawtar had to do one, of course.

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Cutest siblings ever!

Cutest siblings ever!

Eid Mubarak, everyone! May you and yours have your fill of sweets and silliness.

Yours Truly,

Robert & Julie

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