Eid is a festival of Muslims which marks the end of Ramadan. The holy month of fasting. This festival is celebrated all over the world with great joy and happiness. The moon of Eid brings a message of humility and brotherhood to all. However, this year the spirit of both the holy month and now Eid seems to have been dampened by the ongoing lockdowns around the world on account of the Coronavirus pandemic. Every year on Eid day, people wear new clothes and visit the Mosque from their homes. All the people there queue up and read namaz. After reading namaz, all forget about mutual discrimination and embrace and congratulate each other on Eid and much more. However this year all the social aspects of both Ramadan and EID have come to halt.
Here are some ways in which you can celebrate eid, have plenty of fun, while also practising social distancing and respecting the lockdown.
Decorate your home
Before Eid, do a deep clean of the house, paint the walls in bright colours. Nowadays, Eid theme decorations are available everywhere however if you don’t have enough money you can be creative instead. Make banners and flags yourself by cutting colourful paper in the form you want and draw ‘Happy Eid or Eid Mubarak’ on it. Let your family help you with decorating and make it a fun activity.
Eid special Dishes
Food being a priority on Eid plan and prepare some traditional delicacies. Sheer khurma and meethi sevaiyan are fixtures on the Eid menu. No feast is complete without the biryani especially sweets that could be enjoyed together with relatives and friends on a video call.
The festivities of Eid is also marked by applying henna. Muslim women and girls around the world apply henna on their hands and feet and Perk up the celebration. Hold a henna party the night before Eid and encourage participation from the entire family.
Dress up for the occasion
Eid-ul-Fitr is a time of joy and Muslims embrace it by dressing up their best for the occasion. Just because you did not buy new clothes and aren’t going to be able to meet your friends and family doesn’t mean you don’t dress up. It’s Sunnah to dress up on the day of Eid. So, dress up as Spiffy as you can! After donning your best (not necessarily new) clothes, have a family photoshoot in the house.
As Eid approaches it is time to buy each other gifts. All names of the participants are placed in a box and every participant draws a person’s name out of the box. Afterwards, you buy a gift for that person. On Eid, each participant places the present on the table. The gifts are marked with the name of the receiver only, and not the giver. So the receiver has to guess who the giver is. Whether you have a small or big family, this is a fun way to give each other gifts.