As some local residents searched for books and used computers at the Urbana Regional Library Sunday afternoon, others made crafts, enjoyed Indian cuisine and listened to the story of Ramadan and Eid Mubarak through the lens of Curious George.
The festivities were all part of Eid Mubarak Day at the library, as residents put together activities to educate Urbana residents and other visitors about the Muslim holiday. This year, it occurred on June 4-5, after Ramadan occurred from May 5 through June 4.
Eid Mubarak comes after Ramadan and marks the end of fasting, organizers said. The Islamic Society of Frederick started the event about four or years ago, said Farzana Mansoor, one of its members.
The Society itself was founded in the early 1990s, and has grown from a few families then to hundreds of families now, according to its website.
Mansoor, an Urbana resident, said the festivities are intended to teach the community about Eid Mubarak, through good food, music and kindness.
“We want to get involved with our community, our friends, our neighbors,” Mansoor said.
The festivities started at 1 p.m. Sunday, and became better attended as they progressed, with dozens of children and their parents participating.
On the library’s second floor, children were making arts and crafts related to the holiday. The sound of an Indian drum echoed throughout much of that floor and on the facility’s ground-floor, Fayha Mubarik of Urbana read “It’s Ramadan, Curious George” to roughly a dozen kids.
Children should stamp each of those activities on a sheet as they completed them, and learned more about Eid Mubarak.
There were posters of all the countries that celebrate Eid Mubarak, and Indian fare was available in stainless steel cookware. Eid Mubarak is celebrated in many countries throughout the world, as shown on those posters: Pakistan, Turkey, Serbia and several others.
“It’s wonderful ... we have such a diverse community, and it’s nice to share our culture,” Mubarik said.
Ramadan, she added, is 30 days of fasting, but also has other elements.
“Ramadan is about fasting, but also being kind and giving charity to those who are not as blessed,” Mubarik said.
And Eid Mubarak is the festival after that holiday, where Muslims celebrate those 30 days and thank God for helping them through fasting. Mubarik likened the spirit of the festival to being like Christmas time.
“I like how all the little girls are dressed up in the festive attire,” she said. “And bringing the community together.”
Haya Morrar of Frederick said one of her main objectives during the event is to spread word about the holiday.
“I’m a big believer in education,” Morrar said. “And just teaching people about culture ... we need education, we need culture.”