When the Eid falls during the warmer months, at Masjid Abdul Muhsi Khalidah, our celebration takes place outside, in the form of a good old- fashioned Brooklyn summer block party! The street is blocked off, the tents go up and the speakers get set-up outside. We open with prayer and recitation from the Qur'an and the celebration is on! One of the things I love about my community is that when we get dressed up for Eid.... WE GET DRESSED UP FOR EID! The brothers in their African garb or sharp suits and sisters in gorgeous modest, colorful clothing, always make me smile.
After eating, I had my mind on one thing.... Brooklyn summers mean icees and our Eid Block Party had those too, courtesy of Maida Variety. There was a line for the icee cart but that pineapple icee was well worth it! I sat under the huge tent and enjoyed my icee and the weather - which was just perfect for being outdoors. It was nice and sunny with an awesome breeze. That is kind of how I would describe the spirit of the day as well. Just beautiful!
Once the sun is beginning to go down, it's cleanup time and the Celebration must come to an end. The cleanup song comes on and we literally get that block cleaned in like 10 mins before they open up the streets. It's no joke. Brothers and sisters just start picking up chairs and tables and whatever is in the street and we get it done.
Oh yeah, there's a cleanup song.... Just like our Eid Block Party or the calypso As Salaamu Alaikum song or the infamous red juice, It's a Khalifah thing.
Thanks to all that made our celebration possible. All those who donated whether it be money, resources, time or expertise. And to all the workers.. We appreciate you all.