Celebrating Eid ul Fitr The End of Ramadan

For those observing the Islamic month of fasting known as Ramadan, the month ends with a holiday celebration known as Eid-ul-Fitr.


The actual meaning of the word Eid is festivity and we’re all on board with anything festive. 

Families celebrating the holiday spend the day marking Eid with a blend of traditions from both the eastern and western worlds. The day usually begins with a religious service where people get dressed up in their newest or most special clothing. People also give to charity as an act of appreciation. 

Different cultures observe Eid in different ways but the general sentiment shared amongst everyone is happiness, generosity and having loads of fun with loved ones.

In preparation for the holiday, here are a few ideas you can easily incorporate into your home and menus to celebrate Eid.

 

DIY Moroccan Lanterns

These beautiful and intricate candles were made by the amazing blogger behind Ode to Inspiration. She created these for Ramadan but the look and feel of these candles fit in nicely with the Eid celebration.

 

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Follow her instructions to decorate your own glass jars to look as amazing as her's do. Line up your mantle or scatter them on end tables to give your home décor a Middle Eastern vibe.

 

Yummy Eid Cookies

Sugary sweets are a big part of any holiday. Ode to Inspiration created these stencil cookies to create the designs on basic sugar cookies.

 

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Whether or not you have stencils, you can still make your own Eid cookies by writing special messages such as “Happy Eid”.

 

Chaand Raat: On the Eve of Eid

In many South Asian communities, the day before Eid is known as chaand raat. Which roughly translates to “moon night”. Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, the sighting of the moon determines the start of the next month. As the month of Ramadan ends, the moon needs to be sighted to determine the beginning of the following month. The first day of the following month is the day Eid is celebrated.

Once the moon has been sighted and Eid is confirmed to be observed the following day, a lot of anticipation and excitement ensues in South Asian communities. People are running around getting ready for the holiday the next day including what they’ll wear, what feast will be cooked and figuring out whose home will be the gathering place for the festivities. The art of henna tattoos is also something many females participate in, getting their hands decorated like in the PICTURE BELOW.

 

eid-henna

 

Henna is a natural paste that leaves a dark stain on the skin when left on for a period of time until it dries. Once the paste is washed off, the skin is left with a design created where applied. Girls will also wear stacked glass bangles as part of the tradition.

Eid-ul-Fitr is a festive occasion that is marked by millions of Muslims across the world. With many cultures that encompass beautiful bright colors and decadent foods, Eid celebrations are happy times that many people who fasted during the month of Ramadan look forward to. 

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