Why is that most Americans have heard of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa but not of Eid?
Boss: You’re still celebrating [the holidays] aren’t you?
Muslim Apple: Yeah. [thinking to self, hmm, so she knows about the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and Eid al-Adha].
Boss: Happy Kwanzaa!
Muslim Apple: What? Kwanzaa? [so she doesn’t know about Eid].
I know I’m black, my parents are from Nigeria, and I have this Ibo name but I’ve never understood why people think that I celebrate Kwanzaa or why I would like collard greens. I had my first collard greens this year and didn’t care for them at all. I’ll take foo foo with egusi soup and moi moi any day over those greens although I do like homemade fried chicken.
Once in a while my parents would buy some Kwanzaa cards or the candles just to show solidarity with the few blackAmericans that do celebrate it but we never celebrated it. In school, we used to do some Kwanzaa and Hanukkah but mostly Christmas and never Eid learning activities and crafts.
The sad thing about my boss is that she was or perhaps still is married to a Muslim or at least a guy with a Muslim name, has kids, and still has no idea that Eid al-Adha is a few days away.
Abdul-Halim over at Planet Grenada has recapped last year’s series on Kwanzaa: It’s beginning to look a lot like Kwanzaa.
Eid Under the Radar – Exams