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"Iddi-el-hadj ni sikukuu ya Waislamu"

Translation:Eid al-Adha is a Muslim holiday

July 5, 2018



"Eid-el-hadj is a Muslim festival." or Eid-el-hadj is a festival of the Muslims", but the current answer is not good English.


I repeat my suggestion that the coordinators refer to recognized sources for the accepted spellings in both English and Swahili for these Muslim festival days.

Here is what I find from one source, Kiswahili Kwa Kitendo (1993), written by Sharifa Zawawi, a native of Zanizabar. She is/was a Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages. She taught Linguistics, Arabic, Swahili and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY), Columbia University and the New York University. She writes: ...Waislamu ... Sikukuu yao ni 'Idd el-Fitr', yaani 'Idi Ndogo'. Siku hii inasherehekewa baada ya watu kufunga mwezi wa Ramadhani ... Sikukuu ya Waislamu ya pili ni 'Idd el-Hajj' au 'Idi Kubwa'. Hii ni Sikukuu ya mfungo tatu, siku ya kumi ya mwezi huo, yaani baada ya watu kuhiji Makka. Siku hii watu huchinja kondoo au mbuzi kutoa sadaka, na nyama huliwa na jamaa, na majirani...

Source: https://langmedia.fivecolleges.edu/node/42886

Source: Sharifa Zawawi, Kiswahili Kwa Kitendo (Vol. 1), Africa World Press, Inc., 1993 (2nd reprint), p. 77.

One final thought: If there are no standard spellings for these festivals in English or Swahili, then Duo Swahili should definitely stop pretending that there are.


the muslims' festival


Is "festival" going to be accepted? A holiday is different from a festival. On a holiday unusually everyone in a defined area or group gets to stay home or go to the beach. At a festival you dress up, get together with your group and make a lot of noise whether it is a holiday or not. Of course you can have a festival on a holiday but not necessarily.

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