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US: Stamp with Arabic inscription - Eid



Martin Storey writes: "I believe "Eid" by itself usually refers to Eid al-adha, and "Eid Mubarak" is the usual greeting given in Arab countries on the occasion of Eid (I learned that just now as I was in Oman during this past Eid). But I'm not sure what is the Arab way to refer in short to Eid al-fitr, or what the greeting is. In Malaysia / Brunei, the former is Hari Raya Aidiladha (this year on February 12), the latter is Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, which this year will be some time in November. Greetings are "Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha", and "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri", respectively, both of which mean "have a good one". "Hari Raya" means "king of days". "Hari" is the Malay word for day, as in "Mata Hari", the "eye of the day" (i.e. the sun)". RH: Do Ed Jajko and Don Emmerson have any comments? Does Martin have any comments on the recent postings about Qatar and Bahrain? Any comment on Oman?

Ronald Hilton - 2/23/03


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