Christmas for Muslims: A family shares their annual celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Produced by Katy Sewall
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Amina Al-Sadi and her family.

Produced by Katy Sewall

For Muslims, the phrase "Eid Mubarak" is their version of "Merry Christmas."  It's what they say to each other to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, spirituality, and reflection that comes at the end of next week. Eid al-Fitr – or the "festival of breaking of the fast"– is a major holiday in the Muslim community, and cause for gift giving, warm gatherings with family and friends, and a reminder of the values that tie their community together.

In this series of podcasts, we've heard the perspectives of Amina Al-Sadi, a half-Iraqi, 25-year-old woman from the Seattle area. In the final part of this series, Amina is joined by her brother, sisters, and mother. Together they share what this holiday means to Muslims, and how American Muslims are attempting to carve out traditions uniquely their own.


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About the Authors & Contributors

Katy Sewall

Katy Sewall

Katy Sewall is a journalist, radio host and podcast consultant. For nine years, she was Lead Producer (and occasional host) of KUOW's "Weekday" with Steve Scher. She has also worked with "RadioLab" and "A Prairie Home Companion." She currently produces and co-hosts the popular podcast "The Bittersweet Life" found on iTunes, Sticher, etc., and at