Festivals are always exciting and a great time to get together and indulge in celebrations alike. One festival that is celebrated with lot of fervour within the Muslim community is, Eid. This festival is celebrated across the world and marks an end to the holy month of Ramzan, where members of the community fast as a mark of respect. In 2014, Eid will probably be observed on 28th July. Eid is one of the most important festival and therefore is highly awaited by all.
Begin this day with the customary prayers followed by breaking the fast by eating a 'date', as stated in the Quran. Include everyone in the family, especially the children since it is a great way to introduce traditions to them.
Eid is also a time to indulge, and what better way than new clothes for everyone. Pick up your favourites and enjoy the day to the fullest!
Since it is a day of revelry, invite your friends and family for a great Eid meal. Include the quintessential Eid delicacies like Biryani, Haleem, Kababs, Malpuas and Seviyan. This is a great way for your friends to be acquainted with your culture and be a part of your festivity, especially if you are staying away from home.
Exchanging gifts is quite customary on Eid and therefore pick up thoughtful gifts for everyone and watch them smile. You can also set out shopping and buy them gifts of their choice!
While men may gather and chit-chat at an Eid gathering, women can indulge in getting themselves some henna tattoos. If you are hosting an Eid party, don’t miss on this aspect.
One of the most important customs on Eid is to offer the needy or indulge in charity. You can choose to give away clothes, food or even cash to people outside the mosque or any such place. While families offer to the needy, elders in the family also give away small tokens of cash to young kids.
Hugging is also symbolic of Eid, and all women, men and kids do so as a mark of celebration, however with the same gender as theirs.
Last but not the least, you can also plan an activity outside your home, post the prayers. This may include a visit to the park or even dining out!