When Disney invited me to a Zoom screening of the Mira Royal Detective Eid episode, I was beyond ecstatic! Not only do I love the show, Mira Royal Detective, but I was also so eager to see a cartoon celebrating Eid! There really is not much representation of Muslim holiday’s on TV, especially for children.
Mira, Royal Detective “The Eid Mystery” Episode
Season 2 of Mira, Royal Detective debuted on April 5th on Disney Junior and Disney NOW. The fifth episode of the season, which airs on Monday May 3rd in 150 countries, is titled “The Eid Mystery.”
This episode celebrates Eid-al-fitr. This represents the Eid holiday that is celebrated after the fasting month of Ramadan is completed.
Show producer Sascha Paladino wanted South Asian voices to be represented in all parts of production like artwork, production, music, etc. The Mira, Royal Detective team worked with consultants to ensure that they were very authentic in how they put everything together. Every detail mattered.
The premise of the story is as follows:
Mira’s friend Sadia asks Mira for help in solving the case of finding the owner of an Eidi envelope she found on the floor. Together, they solve the mystery on who the Eidi belongs to while talking more about the Eid celebration.
Eidi is money given to children by their parents, family members, grandparents, and other loved ones as a gift for Eid.
It was exciting to see the Eid Hug featured in the story. It was so relateable. It is a special Eid hug that is showered amongst loved ones and fellow Muslim’s on Eid Day.
One of my favorite parts of the episode was the Eid Mubarak song. The goal of the song was to capture the joy and spirit of the holiday as well as to explain more about Eid. There are so many Christmas songs and Hannukah songs. Where are the Eid Songs? Muslim musical traditions were woven throughout the song and score. It weaves together the vibe of Mira and other influences like Kawali music.
The song included a wonderful explanation about Eid and will be catchy to non-Muslim children, as well as Muslim children.
I talk about ways to encourage cultural diversity in classrooms and within your homes and this is a wonderful way to introduce children to this Muslim holiday.
You can check out the song here:
After the episode, we got to do a question and answer session with the cast, team, and producers. It was wonderful to see how excited each member was about the episode.
One thing that was clear was that Disney spent a lot of time and effort to put this episode together. There was a diverse team of creatives and their goal was to create original and authentic connections. Cultural consulting firm SILA Consulting advised Disney on the episode and I think that special touch helped create the wonderful episode.
Can you find me in there?
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Season 1 of Mira, Royal Detective began streaming on Disney+ on April 30, 2021.