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Eid al-Fitr: One of the happiest times for Muslims is a grim affair, the same as the previous month.



For Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is normally a feast of gift-giving and gorging on food with loved ones. Not this year.

The corona virus pandemic praying together and breaking the fast with loved ones, makes many people feel lonely in this holy month.

And now that Ramadan is over, Eid al-Fitr, one of the most festive holidays in Islam, will be a grim affair, the same as the previous month.

The three-day Muslim holiday celebrating to mark the end of fasting, Eid al-Fitr, or the “breaking fast festival” in Arabic, will fall on this year’s Memorial Day weekend, starting from May 24-26.

If it’s another year, this will be a time of joy and unlimited celebration through a difficult month. It will be a three-day gift-giving party and often reach for food. From visits to the homes of loved ones. From the tithing of those who are less fortunate.

But this year is different.

This is the year when the world suddenly stops, making a sacrifice of what is one of the happiest times in the Muslim calendar.

Eid al-Fitr at the US 19th epicenter: prayer and plans are canceled

In New York, the epicenter of the virus in the United States, Eid will be very isolated this year.

Mazhar Ladji, a product manager who moved to New York from India four years ago, hopes to attend dawn prayers on the first day of Eid at Washington Square Park with the Islamic Center at New York University. But the annual prayer was canceled this year because of Covid-19.

“It feels like celebrations are coming together in Washington Square Park, wearing our best clothes and greeting one another after prayers,” said Ladji, who previously also attended a post-prayer lunch with fellow Muslims. “There will be no prayer, no lunch and no hugs.”

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This year, Zoom’s call will replace the outdoor prayer room for Ladji.

Ladji is not the only Muslim in New York who must change his plans.

Around this time every year, Sarah Moawad would usually pack her bags to go to Massachusetts to spend Eid with her family. This year, Moawad lives in his apartment in Harlem with his roommate, who is also a Muslim.

“My roommate and I are still trying to find ways to make Idul Fitri festive this year,” Moawad said. “Maybe a small picnic on our roof or in the park,” Moawad said.

Naoual Elidrissi, an accountant for a small food business who lives alone in Queens, plans to spend Eid the same way he spent on Ramadan: alone.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Elidrissi, who lived 10 minutes from her parents but didn’t visit them for fear of spreading the virus.

Eid al-Fitr is usually a very pleasant time for Elidrissi, who has many large families in New York City.

“Every year we dress up nine times and visit all our families in Brooklyn and Queens. Then my cousins ​​and I go out to dance the night,” Elidrissi said. “This year, I might just be my family’s FaceTime.”

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr while fighting the virus

For Mohamed Madboly, this year is a bit more complicated.

Mohamed Madboly, who was quarantined with his parents, aunts and cousins ​​at his home in Queens, has not been able to spend the month of Ramadan with his three nephews on Long Island as usual. Both he and his parents tested positive for the corona virus, which means that seeing his niece on FaceTime was the only choice this year.

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“When I saw my youngest niece crawling for the first time on FaceTime, it really got me,” Madboly said of her eight-month-old niece, Nelly. “It makes me feel like we are in a different country when he is really only 10 minutes away.”

Mohamed Madboly said talking to his closest nephew via computer made him visible

Madboly and her family still hope to spend Eid in the backyard of her sister on Long Island like they do every year. To do this safely, Madboly and her family members in each quarantine have taken the Covid-19 test which they hope will come back negative in time for the holidays.

We pray that all five of us will be declared negative, “Madboly said.” This will be a great time to see other family members and celebrate because we cannot sit on an iftar with this Ramadan. “

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

For many Muslims, this year’s Eid al-Fitr is a painful reminder of happy times.

The time that was undeniably happy now feels like it’s a different part of life. It felt almost unfit to celebrate given the many lives lost due to viruses.

But even in dark times, perspective is everything.

“Yes, this is not the best case scenario, but we have to thank you,” Elidrissi said. “We’re still alive, right? At least we have it.”

“It’s sad but the crisis demands that we act responsibly … and keep hoping for a better day,” Ladji said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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