Eid, Birthdays and Weddings

After a long month of fasting it was once again time to celebrate Eid, the day which marks the end of 29 or 30 days of fasting upon the sighting of a new moon. I won’t lie. The days were long and some days were tiring in the heat but there’s a always a brilliant kind of togetherness and bonding that always emerges out of this month. In my family, in contrast to the calm month, Eid is always a crazy affair. We always end up rushing around the inlaws, friends and then my family to see everyone. The food is always pretty awesome and it’s always great to try to talk to everyone all at once, a bit too loudly and watch the kids go slightly nuts.

Little Z is always slightly dubious and shy at the huge family gatherings. Everyone simultaneously trying to say hello to him and commenting on how he’s grown since the last time always has him burrowing his face into one of our laps. He eventually gets into the swing of things and throws himself into all the festivities.

As a close cousin gets married in a couple of weeks, and two others turn 18, it was an ideal time to help out with last minute favour box packing and having some very birthday cake. It was like Zs most perfect day ever. These are just some of the reasons why…

1) Stealing Grandmas walking stick in order to swing it about and pretend it was some kind of sword. It had to be confiscated after he started swinging it around his head for fear of kneecapping guests.

2) Hearing whispers of a surprise birthday cake, promptly getting very excited and then announcing to everyone that everyone was going to have a party. One of his many grandmas tried to persuade him several times to keep it very very quiet.

3) Eventually realising the birthday cake was a secret and annoying loudly to a few people that there was birthday cake but it was a SECRET.

4) Having a turn at blowing out candles on the birthday cake after the surprised pair of 18 year olds.

5) Entertaining a small group of 50 something adults with a story of how his Nani fell down a mountain. I’m not sure where or how he’s come up with that one. I need to have a think about mountain related CBeebies programmes.

6) Trying to eat as much cake as he could as a substitute for proper food.

7) Finally making peace with the neighbourhood cat after being scratched by one a year ago on holiday. Then not leaving it alone.



  1. brummymummyof2 August 4, 2014 / 6:03 am

    Oh I bet it has been so hard this year hasn’t it being in the summer heat? It makes for long days. I always wonder how Muslims can do it in the really hot countries. Hope you have a lovely Eid! xxx
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  2. Mummy Says August 4, 2014 / 8:51 am

    Aw, lovely post. Hope you had a wonderful Eid. Gorgeous photos as always, and glad little Z made friends again with the cat! xx

  3. Tim August 4, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Kids’ inability to keep secrets can be infuriating at times, can’t it? You just can’t win – the more you make a big thing out of it, the more likely they are to blurt it out. Glad to see Z got stuck in and enjoyed it all, though.
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  4. Sarah MumofThree World August 4, 2014 / 10:56 am

    Bless him! Who wants to keep birthday cake a secret? It’s way too exciting! Sounds like you all had a great time ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Chrissie August 4, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    It sounds like the whole of your massive family had a fantastic time. Those cakes and that cake look gorgeous! I heard you aren’t even allowed water all day – is that true? I’d faint in this heat after an hour!
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  6. Honest Mum August 4, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Gorgeous boy and wow what a month you’ve had, love that he nicked the walking stick (sounds like Alexander) and making peace with the cat sounds like a brave feat-well done him…I want to substitute food for cake-wait I’ve done that all month and can barely get into my clothes. Seriously need to fast myself right now. Loved this post x
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  7. WallyMummy August 4, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    wow – an entire month of fasting, that must be so tough, especially in this heat! That feast must have been a long time coming! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kids are so cheeky at big family gatherings aren’t they! Too many places to hide and opportunities for mischief I say! lol xx
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  8. Louisa August 5, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Secrets and small children just don’t mix do they? Lovely photos. It looks like you all had a fantastic Eid #whatsthestory

  9. Hayley @hayleyfromhome August 5, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Sounds so funny, I can just imagine all his antics with all the family around, it will be lovely for him to have these memories when he is older. Hope you had a fabulous Eid, you must have been ready for some celebrations after it being such a warm month x
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  10. Hurrah For Gin August 5, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    Ha ha toddlers and secrete never work ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sounds like he had amazing fun and was great entertainment for everyone though! xx
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  11. Mummy Tries August 6, 2014 / 5:39 am

    The heat must have made it more difficult this year, hope you fared up ok lovely! I bet Little Z keeps everyone amused with his antics. Cake as food sounds about right… my 2yo refused lunch yesterday, then promptly helped herself to the entire blackberry stash ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  12. Tarana August 7, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    Little Z is so entertaining, really! The best way to NOT keep a secret is to tell a toddler ๐Ÿ™‚
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  13. Jenny August 7, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Sounds like you had a fantastic Eid and great family gatherings always make for great family memories together. I bet it was hard in the heat of summer and long days though. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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  14. pantomum August 8, 2014 / 7:33 am

    That’s so funny! I will always remember my little sister keeping a secret from my mum and not telling her what her birthday present was by saying that she could wear it, it was gold coloured and it ticked…
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  15. Beth @plasticrosaries August 8, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    I love how they go from completely hiding to coming out with the craziest stories. Jess always has something mad to say when she’s got into the swing of things ๐Ÿ˜€
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  16. Steph @MisplacedBrit August 8, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    Haha! Love the story of nanny falling down the mountain! You just never know where all the little pieces of their stories come from, but there really is a reason why they’ve all come together – I love understanding when it’s all figured out ๐Ÿ™‚
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  17. Julia Rainbeaubelle August 8, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Sounds like such a great time, I can imagine the fasting and celebrations would bring you all together. I don’t know how you manage! Hope you had a great Eid x
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  18. Ghostwritermummy August 9, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Ah I always loved Eid when I was teaching as the kids would come back to class full of stories like this! So glad you had a Bally time x x
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  19. Bek August 13, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    This gave me a little giggle! Z is as good at keeping secrets as my little one is ๐Ÿ™‚ #PoCoLo
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