Celebrating Id al-Fitr Under Watchful Eyes Of China

September 12, 2010

Author: Edward Wong

Source: The New York Times


Barbershop floors were littered with the remains of men’s haircuts and beard-trims. Women in head scarves walked the dusty streets carrying plastic bags stuffed with food from the bazaars: melons, grapes, fried sweets, Frisbee-shaped bread, chunks of freshly butchered sheep. Children with generous parents strutted around in new clothes: suits for the boys, white dresses for the girls.


So went the preparations for Id al-Fitr, the three-day festival that unfolded this weekend to mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.