Friday, September 10, 2010

Nicholas's School Update #16

Last week, the topic of discussion was "Hari Raya", also known as Eid Mubarak. It is a common misconception that it is a Muslim New Year, similar to the Lunar (Chinese) New Year, however this is not accurate, Hari Raya literally means a day of celebration and it commemorates the end of Ramadan (fasting month).

The children made greeting cards, green and yellow cookies and a large banner to celebrate the special occasion. Listed below are some of the new words that were introduced to the children:

Ramadan is the name of the one-month fasting period when Muslims fast for a period of almost 12 hours. They fast from dawn till sunset.

Geylang Serai, the place that is known for the Muslims to gather, is always filled with large crowds during Ramadan. Bazaars would be set up and they would be selling numerous festive items for Muslims.

Ketupat is made from rice that has been wrapped in a woven leaf pouch and boiled. As the rice cooks, the grains expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed. This method of cooking gives the ketupat its characteristic form and texture of a rice dumpling.

A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. Muslims often refer to the mosque by its Arabic name masjid

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