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Muslims Around the World Celebrate Eid (31st August, 2011)

Muslims around the globe are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This is the three-day festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Almost a quarter of the world is Muslim and there are celebrations in every corner of the planet. Muslims in the Middle East started their holiday on Tuesday by going to the mosque to pray. In Libya, rebel fighters said they would rest for Eid and then move to Sirte, which is Muammar Gaddafi's hometown. Many Libyans have little food and water this Eid because of the fighting in their country.

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Eid al-Fitr is one of the five most important parts of Islam. It celebrates the end of a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. During Ramadan, people also focus on becoming a better person. Eid starts after religious leaders see the new moon at the end of Ramadan. The Khaleej Times newspaper reports why this year’s Eid is important for a Tripoli resident. Sheikh Tareq Ahmed Abbas said: “This Eid is a double celebration. We are celebrating Eid al-Fitr and Eid-of Freedom.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Muslims around the globe

a.

fighters

2

the end of the holy

b.

to pray

3.

in every corner of

c.

month of Ramadan

4.

going to the mosque

d.

food and water

5.

rebel

e.

the planet

6.

Many Libyans have little

f.

are celebrating

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the five most important

a.

sunset

2

the end of a month

b.

see the new moon

3.

from dawn to

c.

parts of Islam

4.

focus on becoming

d.

celebration

5.

religious leaders

e.

of fasting

6.

This Eid is a double

f.

a better person


LISTENING GAP FILL

Muslims __________________ are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This is the __________________ at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Almost __________________ world is Muslim and there are celebrations in every __________________. Muslims in the Middle East started their holiday on Tuesday by going to the mosque to pray. In Libya, __________________ they would rest for Eid and then move to Sirte, which is Muammar Gaddafi's hometown. Many Libyans have little food and water this Eid because __________________ their country.

Eid al-Fitr is one of the five __________________ of Islam. It celebrates the end of a month of fasting ____________________. During Ramadan, people also focus on becoming a better person. Eid starts after __________________ the new __________________ of Ramadan. The Khaleej Times newspaper __________________ year’s Eid is important for a Tripoli resident. Sheikh Tareq Ahmed Abbas said: “This Eid is __________________. We are celebrating Eid al-Fitr and Eid-of Freedom.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Muslims around the (1) ____ are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This is the three-day festival at the end of the (2) ____ month of Ramadan. Almost a quarter of the world is Muslim and there are celebrations in (3) ____ corner of the planet. Muslims in the Middle East started their holiday on Tuesday by going to the mosque to (4) ____. In Libya, rebel fighters said they would rest for Eid and then (5) ____ to Sirte, which is Muammar Gaddafi's hometown. Many Libyans have (6) ____ food and water this Eid because of the fighting in their country.

Eid al-Fitr is one of the five most important (7) ____ of Islam. It celebrates the end of a month of (8) ____ from dawn to sunset. During Ramadan, people also focus (9) ____ becoming a better person. Eid starts after religious leaders see the new moon (10) ____ the end of Ramadan. The Khaleej Times newspaper reports why this year’s Eid is important (11) ____ a Tripoli resident. Sheikh Tareq Ahmed Abbas said: “This Eid is a (12) ____ celebration. We are celebrating Eid al-Fitr and Eid-of Freedom.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

globes

(b)

global

(c)

globe

2.

(a)

holy

(b)

holier

(c)

hole

3.

(a)

all

(b)

every

(c)

whole

4.

(a)

pray

(b)

praying

(c)

prayed

5.

(a)

movement

(b)

move

(c)

moved

6.

(a)

few

(b)

small

(c)

little

7.

(a)

parts

(b)

part

(c)

partner

8.

(a)

lasting

(b)

wasting

(c)

fasting

9.

(a)

on

(b)

so

(c)

in

10.

(a)

to

(b)

at

(c)

from

11.

(a)

at

(b)

on

(c)

for

12

(a)

twice

(b)

double

(c)

two


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

around the egobl

2.

the three-day taesilfv

3.

the holy hnotm of Ramadan

4.

every corner of the ntalep

5.

rebel tsfeirhg

6.

Gaddafi's hntomwoe

 

Paragraph 2

7.

five most mrptioant parts

8.

a month of tagsnfi

9.

from dawn to entsus

10.

religious draeesl

11.

a Tripoli eietrdsn

12.

a eoudbl celebration


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

Muslims around the globe are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This is the three-

(    )

celebrating Eid al-Fitr and Eid-of Freedom.”

(    )

rest for Eid and then move to Sirte, which is Muammar Gaddafi's

(    )

a better person. Eid starts after religious leaders see the new moon at the end of Ramadan. The Khaleej

(    )

Tuesday by going to the mosque to pray. In Libya, rebel fighters said they would

(    )

day festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Almost a quarter of the world is Muslim and there

(    )

Times newspaper reports why this year’s Eid is important for a Tripoli

(    )

are celebrations in every corner of the planet. Muslims in the Middle East started their holiday on

(    )

hometown. Many Libyans have little food and water this Eid because of the fighting in their country.

(    )

a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. During Ramadan, people also focus on becoming

(    )

Eid al-Fitr is one of the five most important parts of Islam. It celebrates the end of

(    )

resident. Sheikh Tareq Ahmed Abbas said: “This Eid is a double celebration. We are


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

globe     celebrating     Muslims     the     are     around.    

2.

end     holy     Ramadan     the     the     of     At     of     month.    

3.

planet     the     of     corner     every     in     Celebrations.    

4.

in     their     the     holiday     Middle     East     Muslims     started.    

5.

water     and     food     little     have     Libyans     Many.    

6.

parts     the     important     Islam     of     most     of     One     five.    

7.

from     A     dawn     month     to     of     sunset     fasting.    

8.

on     a     person     Focus     becoming     better.    

9.

this     Eid     important     Why     year’s     is.    

10.

is     This     celebration     a     Eid     double.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

Write about Eid for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. EID: Search the Internet and find more information about Eid. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Eid. Include imaginary interviews with people in different countries. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Libyan. Ask him/her three questions about this year’s Eid. Give him/her three of your opinions on their new freedom and what to do with it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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