The last few weeks have been hot and humid. Fasting under these conditions was not easy. Yet, it’s a sacrifice a lot of Muslims are making every Ramadan. The holy month, as Ramadan is also referred to, will end this weekend with Eid Al-Fitr. Eid Al-Fitr is the Festival of the Breaking the Fast or Sweet Festival, celebrated with loads of sweet foods. You may wish your Muslim friends and colleagues “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid).
Let’s get ready for the celebration of the summer with my top 5 tips:
- What are you going to wear? Have you already chosen your outfit or will you buy a new outfit? Does anything need to be mended, washed or ironed? Get it ready. Like Christmas for Christians, Eid is the time to dress up in your finest clothes.
- There’s no fasting on Eid Al-Fitr and your body needs to get used to regular eating again. Before going to pray, have some food, for example 3 dates. Bateel offers delicious dates. Give your body some time to get used to regular eating.
- Special prayers will be held in the morning. Muslims thank Allah (God) for the blessings bestowed upon them. What are you grateful for? Have you written a grateful list? Tips on how to start a grateful list can be found in this previous post.
- Celebrate Eid with your family and sweet food. Do you know who you’ll all see? Share this special occasion and bring some desserts likes Kanufe Nabulsia, Ma’amoul or Um Ali. Have a look at these unique cupcakes from The House of Cakes. Decide who will prepare the food and check your pantry before getting the remaining ingredients from the supermarket. In the evening, are you and your family going to watch the fireworks at Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai?
- Give a gift to young members of the family. Have you thought of what to give them and how to wrap it? Sweets, chocolate (check out the special Ramadan selection from Patchi) and toys are typical presents. Do you know what the kids like? Will you also exchange gifts with other members of your family and dear friends? Like with other holidays, it’s a time of giving.
While we’re waiting for the moon sighting and thus the official end of Ramadan, do you have everything prepared for this festive weekend? How are you getting ready for Eid Al-Fitr?
Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers,