‘Al-Fitr’(الفطر) in arabic is the noun from the arabic verb ‘Fatara’ (فطر) which means ‘ate’, the past form of the verb ‘to eat’, and ‘Eid’ (العيد) means ‘feast’. Calling this feast ‘Eid Al-Fitr’ (عيد الفطر) then was not random because it comes directly the day after ‘Ramadhan’ is over, it comes the day after 30 days of fasting, it’s the day when people are back again to their normal eating routine, It is absolutely forbidden to fast on the first day of ‘Eid Al-Fitr’.

In addition to the religious dimensions, the ‘Eid’ bears humanitarian, philanthropic and social dimensions. After a proportional separation, people meet again in this feast, the ones who live far from home come back to share this day with their families and relatives, friends make time to meet each others again, even the ones who passed away are visited; this is why cemeteries during the Eid’s morning are full with people reading prayers.

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‘The Eid’ is the joy, the reunion, is peace after contention, ‘The Eid’ is the social, intellectual and spiritual connection. At sunrise on the first day, Muslims perform prayer to celebrate the Eid, and the prayer of ‘Al-Fitr’ is Sunnah. One of the most important features of ‘Eid Al-Fitr’ is seeing people, especially the kids,  wearing new outfits bought specially to celebrate that day, it’s like the people are showing up with a new spirit, new lifestyle, a new better innocent beginning. People smiling and laughing, some others are singing, all the houses’ doors are open so anyone can come in, children play with their toys or games and some other children are sitting around their grand-father or grand-mother listening to their stories and fairytales.

Most of girls in the Eid’s morning would be still in the kitchen baking cookies.. oh yes.. as every celebration has its own special meal, Eid Al-Fitr’s special are cookies. During the last days of Ramadhan, people start preparing different types of cookies and sweets to be eaten and shared in the Eid. Eid Al-Fitr is like a universal common birthday party, the birthday of good spirits.

It is easy to take a cookie, throw it in the mouth, show it and swallow it, sometimes when i don’t like one, i just throw it in the garbage so my sister gives me that look, i can see her evil sparkles coming out her eyes as she wants to punch me in the mouth, then she says : ‘of course, you’re not the one who spent the night baking next to a furnace’. As I decided to write this article about Eid Al-Fitr and its cookies like I mentioned in my previous article about Ramadhan, my sister ‘Houda’ decided to take part so she chose 4 types of cookies to tell to my readers and she spent the night writing their recipe. I guess she believes that my readers would understand better than I do!

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About Cool Burn Hatem

Hatem Dhwibi, a.k.a CooL Burn. A black guy from South Tunisia, kebili. Born in the second of december, 1988, but for him, he's not born yet. His life, the life he's looking forward didn't start yet. Cool Burn is the nickname he picked up for himself as a reflection of his person. Cool because he smiles, whether its time for a smile or not, he says : "i smile because i can". Burn, because he's burning from the inside, flames no one knows about, may be even no one could understand, so he's keeping himself a secret. Graduated from the higher institute of languages as an english teacher, he got the impression of his teachers and colleges especially during oral presentation sessions. He wanted to carry on courses but life didn't want him to. He lives in big-small city in the south. Big in space but small in content. He says : "dreams is what keeps me alive" He is ambitious, his dreams has no limits. He achieved some and still struggling for the rest. His father died when he was 13 years old, that left him a scar. 13 years after the death, he made the first song about his father called "R.i.P dad", in which he describes what happened that day and what he felt and of course using english language, making a duet with his friend whose father died recently. Music for him is a release, a remedy, so he writes, sometimes he records when able, other times he just keep his verses on papers. His mom is his first lady, he says :" no one and nothing comes before mom even i" Not much seen in his life but enough for him to learn how to survive. Contact info: Email : hatem.dhwibi@gmail.com Facebook : Hatem Cool Burn Fone : +216 28 086 670