Last night, I posted the fireworks photo above on my cintagaia Instagram account. It was taken in 2009, during the 4th of July Fireworks at the Gas Works Park in Seattle, WA.

It was still the best fireworks display I’ve ever seen in my life. The  bloom of the fireworks were the biggest I’ve ever seen. The spectacle went on for about 30 minutes and it was such a memorable night for this fireworks lover.

I went to sleep dreaming about the 4th of July celebration that went on in LA, where I used to live. If I were there, I probably would’ve gone to the beach with my friends so we could spend the day doing some awesome picnic/ BBQ under the great California sun. We would then wait till the sun goes down and gaze upon the coastal line as the fireworks goes off at once like a dozen of magic spells, from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach.

Tonight (5th July 2016), is the last night of the Ramadan month and it’s a time for celebration. So guess what, I am sitting on my balcony, and seeing tons of fireworks all over the horizon. I wanted fireworks and I’m getting fireworks :).

What a beautiful night this is.

All the mosques in the areas are broadcasting the prayers for tonight’s Malam Takbiran. Each mosque is sharing its prayer as loudly as the next one, resulting in layers of chanting forming a chorus of Allah hu Akbar (which means god is great) from all corners of the region. This chanting is enhanced periodically by the loud pops of fireworks and firecrackers blasted by people in my neighborhood. This is the orchestra that ushers in the glorious Eid ul Fitr tomorrow.

For me, the cherry on top for tonight’s spectacle is the electrifying energy formed by so many people praying the Takbir (Allah hu Akbar) prayers at this moment. What a magical end to the Ramadhan month.

With this, I’d like to wish all of my muslim family and friends a very happy Eid ul Fitr (or Selamat Lebaran in my language). Minal Aidin Wal Faidzin – which is loosely translated as “I seek forgiveness for my being“.

May your celebration be filled with a lot of love and blessings. In this crazy topsy turvy time where religion is being blamed for heinous acts, I feel the most love for my muslim friends and family for they have shown that they too stand for peace and harmony, just like the rest of us.

Have a blessed Eid!