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The Worst is Over – Eid Mubarak!


Last night, even early last night, we could hear the fireworks begin – a sure sign that the new crescent moon had been sighted and the long hot Ramadan was over.

Eid Mubarak, my Moslem friends.

I have been congratulating myself for not jet-lagging, but yesterday, after running errands in the hot humid heat of September in Doha, I was lagging, I don’t know if it was climate-lagging, or jet-lagging, but I napped and then I was still having a hard time staying awake until 9 last night. I slept HARD, it felt great. It felt great until about 3:30 this morning, when I could no longer sleep.

Since I no longer have that gorgeous sunrise coming up in front of my house, I decided to walk this morning, and at 90°F/33°C it is about the coolest it will be all day. I walked and walked, relishing the safety of the compound, where at 0400, there is not another soul in evidence until, near the gate, a guard comes out on his bicycle, making the hourly round. I felt so free.

I also felt so tired. Walking in the heat and humidity is hard work. My socks were soaked and my clothes were soaked by the time I finished. I came in, put the coffee on to brew and showered. I know today will also be loony, most stores closed, heavy traffic as people make their Eid calls on friends and family. The thing that gives me a grin – because I truly do not like exercise very much and I only do it because I want to live a long and healthy life – I know the worst part of my day is over (insh’allah!)

Here is a photo from the Peninsula of all the people out last night celebrating the end of Ramadan:


September 20, 2009 - Posted by | Cultural, Doha, Eid, Exercise, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Qatar, Ramadan


  1. I will miss Ramadan.

    Comment by Khawla | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. walking in the heat and humidity IS hard work. but I think sweating is a great way to start the day 🙂

    happy eid!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. I hear that often, Khawla. Many of my friends love Ramadan, and look forward to it every year.

    Eeewwwwwwww! Little Diamond, I hate sweat!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. Eid Mubarak to you 🙂

    Comment by Bu Yousef | September 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Eid Mubarak! 🙂

    Comment by Yousef | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi! I just got back from a mini vacation for Eid hols. Dreading next week when things get back to ‘normal’ 😛

    Comment by Mathai | September 25, 2009 | Reply

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