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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Name:Hassan
Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Eid Ends Peacefully.....Somehow

I'm making this post through Email Posting. I can't post by the regular way. Each time I press the publish button the post disappears. Am I alone??

I don't know if it was me not following the news, or the Eid actually went almost peacefully. Of course there was a car bomb at the Iraqi Police, but I think that was it for Eid. All that happened. So I can safely say that Eid passed peacefully. We had so much fun in it. We had The Mosul Family as our guests during that. Of course I had already put our two computers on a network and proxied them so there is internet in both of them. Me and Najma won't be at each other's throat for it.

On the morning of the first day, we stayed home. Receiving visitors from all over Baghdad, lots of relatives kept coming during all three days. In the afternoon me, my brother, three of our cousins and three of our friends went out, simply hanging out and spending some of our money. :) . During the second day we simply stayed home. Third day I went to a party that was being thrown for the kids. Saw Treasure of Baghdad and 24 Steps to Liberty there too. We had so much pleasant time there, the most of it was watching the kids play around, running everywhere and then at the end of the party we gave each of them a gift to take home (I might post pictures later if I got some). J.S. was the most person addicted to the kids in there, I think a lot of the kids will remember her when they go home. From the second I arrived to the second I left, she was simply playing with them. Made me think, why isn't there an Iraqi that is so occupied with kids and have such heart for them. I play with my little sister sometimes, and I like her very much. But I don't think I can play with kids for a continuous 3 or 4 hours like she did.

You know I consider it the specialty of Iraqis to be able to have fun in the worst circumstances. I saw a lot of weddings on Saturday, although we usually marry on Thursdays, but what better time to marry than in the middle of Eid. I'm guessing most of you don't know how an Average Iraqi weds, prepare (or celebrates the wedding more precisely.

Of course the first thing they would think about it is usually the place where the main party is going to be held at. It has to be a big hall or an open space with so many seats and space enough for a really large number of people, as usually even the very distant cousins and relatives that you might have seen once or twice in your life, are invited. Neighbors and friends are invited too. Guess you make sure that everyone knows you are marrying. :). The traditional sign of happiness among the Iraqis is used too. Which is of course shooting live bullets in the air, surprised?? Don't be, this is the official sign of happiness for the Average Iraqi. Whether it is his friend's wedding, a win of the Iraqi football team or simply a happy event in his life, he shoots in the air. Whether it is just a pistol, or a classic AK-47 (Klashinkov), or even an extra-noisy rifle. Or in one case I have heard of, an RPG-7 shot at an empty plot. Don't worry no one got hurt, thankfuly.

Back to the wedding, sometimes the hall or the big space is above the financial abilities of a simple Average Iraqi. So a small party held at home would be enough. But a-must-happen is the ride the man and his wife make in a car. This is an Iraqi tradition, that the man and his wife ride in the most expensive car in the party, usually a Mercedes or a BMW, which is always cleaned to the bone, and makiaged in ribbons. That car will lead the convoy of happy cars. All of these cars will be sounding their horns during the trip, doesn't matter if they pass during a hospital or even an American convoy. They just keep "horning".

17 Comments:

Anonymous Wayne said...

It is wonderful to hear that you all enjoyed a peacful EID. I had been worrying about it because noone had posted to let us know. I am happy now. Thank you very much.
Our prayers are with you all.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Melantrys said...

Well, if everyone on blogspot is suffering from the same problems Hassan and I are, then it has been impossible to post for at least 27 hours now....

12:55 AM  
Blogger CharlesWT said...

I'm so glad the holidays turned out so well for all of you. May future Eids be even better.

1:08 AM  
Anonymous chele said...

sounds as you had a wonderful time.
I am so glad...........
May there be many days of peace....
and celebration for you and your country..........
Soon.
m

1:23 AM  
Blogger Libby said...

An entertaining post about happy events in Iraq. The young ones playing. You and your friends "hanging out". Just as it should be.
Good to hear from you.

Libby

8:01 PM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Thank you for your post. I hope you and yours are safe and happy.

I wanted to share this with you as I don't know if your news sources will carry it:

Massive Muslim Demonstration Against Al Qaida!!

Papa Ray
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USA

10:26 PM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Greetings.

Peace, safety and happiness to you and yours.

I wanted to make sure that you were aware of this.

Massive Muslim Demonstration Against Al Qaida!!

I think it is important, we will see how important it is in the future.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

10:38 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Yes Hassan this Eid was better than any previous one since 2003.
The quite days encouraged us to go to a resturent on Tigers at (al-gre'aat)
It was so good to enjoy the holiday.

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