Asia Society Celebrates Eid al-Fitr with Inaugural Family Day Festivities
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HOUSTON, June 12, 2019 — Asia Society welcomed 1,100 guests to celebrate Houston's Muslim community at the Center's inaugural Family Day: Eid.
The festivities, presented by the Tameez Family, showcased Islamic traditions and cultures in celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Visitors attending the event were greeted by a bazaar where displays of art, jewelry, clothing, and sweets filled the Center's grand hall. Upstairs, the Islamic Arts Society presented demonstrations of Arabic calligraphy and Ebru (Turkish water marbling) that captivated guests, as well as henna and a photo booth complete with traditional clothing.
Guests of all ages enjoyed two storytime sessions featuring the book The Best Eid Ever, written by Asma Mobin-Jacobsen and presented by the Aga Khan Council for the Southwest United States. Dance Houston energized visitors with an interactive Quashqai dance (a folk wedding dance originating in southern Persia), and ballet troupe Angels of Happiness performed to music by Muslim composer Gara Garayev, organized by the Azerbaijani Center. Families and children alike also created greeting cards, designed bookmarks, and made souvenir bags to remember their day.
Pondi served Eid cookies as a special treat for all children participating in the storytimes. Hungry guests also enjoyed tea from Austin ChaiWala, smoothies from Tropical Smoothies, chocolates from Cacao and Cardamom, and halal meals from food trucks It's A Wrap and Pitas Bites.
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With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.