The month of Ramadaan is coming to an end, and Muslims all around the world will be preparing for Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast). In the Cape, we lovingly call it labarang, a word derived from the Indonesian word lebaran which means holiday. Lunar months last either 29 or 30 days, so Muslims will have to wait until the 29th day to verify the date of Eid. On the night of the 29th, local moon sighters scan the horizon for the crescent moon – and if a new moon is visible, the next day will be Eid. If not, Muslims will fast for one more day to complete a 30-day month. Depending on the sighting of the moon, celebrations will most likely begin on Monday (2nd May) or Tuesday (3rd May).
How do Muslims celebrate?
This is a time for celebration, with Muslim-majority countries observing Eid for three days. The day starts with a morning prayer service, followed by a short sermon. It is customary to eat something sweet like a date or baked good. Some other things that Muslims do to celebrate include:
- Give and wear new clothes
- Share gifts
- Donate money or food to the poor
People offer congratulations to each other and share words of kindness and love. The rest of Eid is spent going from house to house, visiting relatives, friends, and neighbours. Tables are decorated with traditional desserts ranging from hertzoggies to sago pudding, koeksisters, and bollas. Kitchens become lively when Eid comes around, with pressure cookers screaming, pots of curry and stews simmering away, and hearty pies browning in the oven. Food is the love language of the Cape, and labarang is the time it is greatly expressed. Children dress up in new outfits and receive gifts and money from relatives and elders. Some families honour a tradition to visit graveyards and pay respects to those who have departed.
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How do you say ‘happy Eid’?
English – Have a Blessed Eid
Arabic – عيد مبارك
Spanish – Feliz Eid
Russian – С праздником Рамазан Хайит
Malay – Selamat Hari Raya
French – Bonne fête de l’aïd
Urdu – عید مبارک
What a night! I get asserting your physical presence but last night, Atletico Madrid acted and looked like bouncers for a mob boss.
Meanwhile in a galaxy far far away. At Anfield, Liverpool and Benfica are at play. A deficit to overcome, the latter, champions they want to become but the Scousers had the final say.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool secured a place in the last four for the third time in five seasons with a 6-4 aggregate scoreline after some uncharacteristic sloppiness saw them draw 3-3 in the second leg.
However, the rest of the world got to see the talent and skills of Darwin Nunez who made a menace of himself and helped Benfica give the scoreline some respect and give Liverpool fans, mild heart arrhythmia.
If you’re not going to say it then I’ll say it. An All English Final is looming. Liverpool vs Manchester City.
After last year’s final disappointment to now-ousted Champions League winners, Chelsea, City will look to re-write the ending and possibly grab the treble of Premier League title, FA Cup and Champions League.
Liverpool, having fielded basically their second-string side against Benfica, will be going all out and Klopp adding another title to making it 2 Champions Leagues titles to his name.
As for the scoreline? 1 – 0 to Liverpool in extra time and should it go down to Penalties, 4 Liverpool, 3 Manchester City.
The V&A Waterfront has confirmed all the details of its New Years Eve celebrations
This year the celebration will include shining a beam of light into the sky that will be visible for some distance across Cape Town.
At the Waterfront, the New Year was usually ushered in with a fireworks celebration at midnight, but in 2020 the Waterfront looked for a new way to celebrate the milestone and chose a beam of light as their new symbol to welcome in the New Year.
But the music doesn’t stop, this year the violinist and DJ duo DeVille will lead the celebration with house remixes infused with hypnotic electric violin.
Halfway through their 20-minute performance, they will pause for the traditional New Year countdown. The performance and switching on of the lights will be streamed live via social media for all to see.
For the next six nights, the beam will be lit from 21h00 giving people multiple chances to see it.
The beam, which consists of 36 vertical searchlights, is symbolic of the lives that were lost during the Covid-19 pandemic, the jobs that were affected and the coming together of a nation in solidarity and hope for 2022.
V&A Waterfront restaurants celebrating New Year’s Eve events will host their events in line with Covid-19 regulation.