U.S. Embassy Celebrates Eid al-Fitr

The Somali Jazz Band
The Somali Jazz Band

On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the completion of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr at the U.S. residence in Oslo.

For the past several years, the Embassy has marked Ramadan. In past years we hosted sunset iftar dinners, but as the sun sets so late in the middle of summer in Oslo, we started a new tradition in 2013, a sweet Eid celebration a few days after the completion of Ramadan. Our guests are contacts who are Muslim or who work with religious diversity, tolerance and diversity at large.

Guests enjoyed live classical Somali music, pleasant conversation, baklava and fruit. They were welcomed by Chargé Robert Bradtke, who spoke about the importance of religious freedom and tolerance, and also by the Somali Jazz Band, a musical ensemble that plays traditional Somali music. The band concluded with a song to celebrate Eid, helpfully translated by the singer:

What a day!
What a celebration!
A gift from Allah (God).
Pupils going to school in peace,
Elderly men reaching constructive decisions,
A gift from Allah.
Girls who look like flowers,
Here in their own country,
A gift from Allah.
Those who come with good proposals,
Others who agree with them,
A gift from Allah.

More information about Ramadan-related U.S. government engagement: