Eid in Old Damascus
There are protests going on all over Syria right now. As we all watch and pray for peace, I wanted to share some pictures from our recent trip to show you all how beautiful the country is. Today, Old Damascus lit up to celebrate Eid Al-Adha. Enjoy!
This year, we spent a wonderful Eid al-Adha in Syria with my husband’s family. Having Eid in a Muslim majority country, where everyone is celebrating together, is just one of the most fun things ever. Old Damascus is lit up with lights celebrating the holiday.
Old Damascus? No, it’s not a separate city. See, Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city. Residents refer to the area inside the ancient gates and walls as “Old Damascus.” It’s just what you would think a thousands-year old city would be – narrow winding alleyways, cobblestone streets. It’s mostly shops and restaurants, but there are still people who live in the old buildings. Some of the traditional old houses, made up of an open air central courtyard with rooms all around, have been converted into restaurants. Beautiful!
One of the best things about Eid is that the Syrian bakeries and stores are incredibly generous. If you walk by a shop, you’re assailed by a smiling shopkeeper handing you sweets, wishing you Eid Kareem, and praying for your health for the next year.
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