Islam and its rituals interest me. This was the second Id-ul-Fitr shoot for me and I do visit mosques quite often. Muslim people, at least on this particular day, amaze me. They come from different parts of the city, to sit on the streets and pray. This time it rained, but that did not seem to bother them.
Among the assembly, which mainly consisted of men, sat this little girl, bright pink in a sea of more muted, masculine colors. The guardian made the two children sit, and had asked the little girl to put on the veil to cover her head. I believe that’s a mark of respect.
For me, this was the defining moment of the day: the orthodox elder welcoming change, bringing his girl child to the Eid assembly, covering her head tenderly with the veil; and alongside the other young child expressing refusal to be a part of it.
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