EID AL-FITR

❤ EID AL-FITR ❤

I purposely waited for a couple of days to make this post, because I know everyone was so busy the last few days of Ramadan and preparing for Eid. This post will be explaining what EID is, and how Muslims prepare so…

EID MUBARAK TO THE ENTIRE MUSLIM UMMAH ACROSS THE GLOBE!

I pray, that God has accepted all of our fasts and acts of worship in the month of Ramadan and we live to see the next Inshallah (God Willing). As mentioned in the “Ramadan Mubarak” post, I had explained a tiny bit of EID but saved it mainly for this.

EID-Al-Fitr, known as the “Feast of Breaking the Fast” is a religious holiday us Muslims celebrate across the Globe, which marks the end of Ramadan. This celebration lasts for three days, with the first day consisting of a specific prayer. There are 2-units (Rakats) offered in all of the Masjids (Mosques) around the Globe. With that prayer concluded, we then offer greetings to our loved ones saying “EID MUBARAK” aka “Happy EID”. We also offer charity, and more additional prayers.

In the Pakistani Culture, the night before EID they celebrate “Chaand Raat” (night of the moon sighting). It is a huge gathering of families and friends at a local hall or home welcoming EID by mainly women applying Heena designs, buying bangles even last minute EID shopping. For me, if there are no heena on my hands… it’s not EID. This year, the moon sighting was literally sited as one around the globe by Islamic authorities. Whereas, in a few countries it was not sited. EID was on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which was perfect because it was the weekend so EVERYONE enjoyed.

In most house holds homemade cookies, sweets, cakes, anything you can think of is made before EID. Many families have huge EID dinners, or brunches for family and friends. Others also celebrate marriages, or an engagement on this special day. Let’s not forget EID outfits, ahhhh they can be such a hassle to prepare for but thats the fun about it. Men and women, children all dress up so adorably on this day, which I am sure many of you have seen through social media. Speaking of social media, who else was SO happy about the #Mecca_Live and #Eid_Live SnapChat?!

In my family, I love preparing for anything. For EID, I make sure its EID. I go all out with lights outside of the house to the inside of the house. I put up candles, garlands, flowers, you name it! My family is basically spoiled by me, (haha) so its always left to me to do the decor. My mother usually prepares the sweets, but this year I decided to do it as well (red velvet cupcakes, blueberry muffins and rice crispy treats).

We prepare a table of dry fruits, cookies, candies, for our guests who will arrive. I forgot to mention, EID day is not an invitation to ones house its literally house hopping all day long OR one does invite. So we expect unexpected guests which is the excitement of it.

Normally, the first day of EID is being busy with prayers and then we all gather at our uncles place (because he is the oldest). So there is a huge feast there and then the next day is at our home. As mentioned above, its an open house friends and family come over and it feels amazing. The third day is my cousins home. It does feel weird when Ramadan ends, because you eat so early and then fast all day. And then you go from that to, having feasts or tea time during the day and sometimes I would still think I am fasting and if I took a sip of water I would panic and say “Oh my God! My fast!” haha. I am sure many of you can relate.

I really hope, everyone had an amazing EID. Everyday is a blessing, do not take it for granted. Keep living, be happy and smile. Every EID is special, but this EID was just precious. From Ramadan until EID many of us have some personal things, but at the end ALWAYS count your blessings.

How was your EID? What did you do? I would really like to know, since many of you are International readers, please comment and share your tradition with me.

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

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