Asia Society Texas Celebrates Eid al-Fitr With Expanded Festival, Performances, All-Halal Food
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HOUSTON, May 10, 2022 — Asia Society Texas welcomed 3,500 guests for an expanded Festival of Eid celebrating the end of Ramadan and the diversity of Houston's Muslim community.
The free event, presented by the Tameez family as part of Asia Society's Muslim Series, highlighted Islamic arts, traditions, and food with an outdoor street festival as food vendors and partners filled the front lawn and Southmore Boulevard. Inside the Center's Grand Hall, visitors were greeted by a colorful bazaar with displays of jewelry, art, clothing, and accessories, as well as complimentary henna and demonstrations of ebru (water marbling) and Arabic calligraphy presented by the Islamic Arts Society.
Guests of all ages enjoyed a halal menu of food and sweets from food trucks and vendors. On Asia Society's front lawn stage, music and dance performances included Indonesian music and demonstrations by Houston House of Angklung, Nasheed songs by Umer Zaman, energetic Bollywood dance by Infused Performing Arts, and Turkish music by NOVA.
Local community organizations and partners helped visitors learn more about the diversity of Islamic traditions and create fun crafts. The American Turkish Association served Turkish coffee and shared cultural information about Turkey while Harris County Public Libraries gave out fans and Eid-themed bookmarks and featured books about Ramadan and Muslim histories and identities. Houston Public Library provided lawn games and customized Eid buttons, and jugglers entertained the crowd as families created greeting cards and lanterns in celebration of Eid traditions.
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Past Eid Events
About the Muslim Series
Through a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes Asia Society’s breadth of programming opportunities, this series explores the artistic talents and stories of American Muslims to inspire our community to better understand one another.
For information about sponsoring the Muslim Series and other programs like this one, please contact Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Director of Development, at JStephenson@asiasociety.org or 713.496.9909.
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Selma and Mustafa Tameez
About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.