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what festival would an Indian family be celebrating just now?

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nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:36:07

bumped into neighbours and they were all dressed in beautiful clothes
got chatting and they told me they are celebrating a ten day festival just now and would we like to come for tea etc etc
what festival is it? was too embarrassed to ask!

SaintRiven Wed 01-Oct-08 17:37:23

I'm guessing Diwali?
It was Eid yesteday and that can go on for 3 days.

nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:37:45

she def said ten days

tissy Wed 01-Oct-08 17:38:01

Eid? End of Ramadan, if they're muslim (I think)

Blandmum Wed 01-Oct-08 17:38:33

Eid was yesterday, wasn't it? But it goes on for a few days.

Traditional to have new clothes (posh jobs) for Eid, I think

cthea Wed 01-Oct-08 17:38:41

Eid, DD1 got a lollipop at school from one of her classmates.

nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:38:57

i dont know if they are muslim blush

Marne Wed 01-Oct-08 17:39:05


nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:40:08

do they get all dressed up for ramadan?

nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:40:24

oh god i feel like a right twwat not knowing

tissy Wed 01-Oct-08 17:40:54

no, ramadan is a period of fasting.

Eid is the end of it

themildmannneredjanitor Wed 01-Oct-08 17:43:12

eid! new clothes, nice food, presents.

SunshineSmith Wed 01-Oct-08 17:43:17

Eid is celebrated today, a nice celebration at the end of Ramadan.

SaintRiven Wed 01-Oct-08 17:45:20

we celebrated Eid yesterday. I know some mosques are doing stuff today.

nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:45:29

yes that sounds like it
they were really dressed up
so why did she say ten day festival
and should i take something with me when i go round?

janeite Wed 01-Oct-08 17:46:18

This Eid, as far as I know, is a three day festival, rather than ten days. I had three pupils in my Yr 10 group today!

Themasterandmargaritas Wed 01-Oct-08 17:48:42

It was Eid last night/today, celebrating the end of Ramadan - a month of fasting for muslims. We have a public holiday today to celebrate smile

Diwali is the festival of lights and is coming up soon I believe.

nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:50:01

tbh i have a feeling they are not muslim

nailpolish Wed 01-Oct-08 17:55:17

i think i will jsut ask her

Themasterandmargaritas Wed 01-Oct-08 18:00:05

If you don't think they are muslims, then it's possible that they are Jains, which I believe is derived from Hinduism. In which case I wouldn't take any food as they have a very strict philosophy about which foods they can eat. I'm sure if you ask her she will be delighted to tell you all about it. Have fun smile

ruddynorah Wed 01-Oct-08 18:02:54

if they are from india they are more likely to be hindu or sikh. though not impossible that they could be muslim. usually muslims are from pakistan. or when you say they are indian do you think they might actually be pakistani?

do you know what their surname is? or their first names? that can help identify them.

thing is though, it's a celebration so just join in and have fun!

DarrellRivers Wed 01-Oct-08 18:03:54

It's navratri
We are currently going without meat and eggs for 9 nights

DarrellRivers Wed 01-Oct-08 18:04:44

Started yesterday
They will be Hindu

FioFio Wed 01-Oct-08 18:06:48

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nailpolish Thu 02-Oct-08 09:20:18

They are definitely Indian

Darrell - thank you - i think that is it

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