:: Today is the Eid of Adha eve.(also called the BIG EID in Iraq as it lasts for 4 days, while the Eid of Fetr lasts for 3). I went for a drive with Zeyad this afternoon and the streets were incredibly crowded, everyone is out for shopping; clothes, gifts, food and greeting cards are all selling very well these days, as families prepare to welcome their guests who visit them to exchange greetings on the days of the Eid:(Kol a'am wintobkheer), this is the most familiar greeting and it means:(may you be alright and safe every year) and for some families prepare to welcome their relatives who return from Saudi Arabia after they finish the Haj ceremonies in Mekka(44,000 iraqis went for Haj this year, and this number is the greatest that ever did). The hyper activity in Baghdad tells that people want to go on with their lives and celebrate their Eid with no fear of what terrorists might plan to do, as Iraqis suffered form terrorists' attacks on the Eid of Fetr, Christmas, and New year.
Iraqis know that their joy and their feeling of peace is the favorite target of criminals who want to show their hatred to peace and freedom and their anger with what Iraqis are achieving everyday, and they sent their message of hate this morning by their bloody attacks both on civilians and coalition forces.
When Iraqis keep living their lives the way they want, they're not ignoring the dangers or trying to forget the sad events that happened today or anywhere in the last months, NO, they're fighting to survive and struggling to secure their right to live in peace and freedom. Some of them are fighting with guns, others are fighting with a stronger weapon; LOVE OF LIFE.
I hope that the coming days will be peaceful and that my people will enjoy their Eid without troubles, and…HAPPY EID TO EVERYONE.