Eid2017

Creating Eid traditions and memories

As my kids are growing and developing a better understanding of the world around them, I’d like to create memories of the special days that we celebrate as a family. Eid is the most important of those days and as such I look back on my own childhood memories and use those memorable moments as a starting point.

Gifts

Everyone knows it’s not Eid without Eid gifts, especially for our little ones. Gift giving strengthens our ties of kinship and is encouraged within our religion. The Prophet said: “Exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love to one another.” [Al-Bukhari]

It doesn’t have to be expensive and elaborate, just thoughtful 🙂 And kids love to receive presents, even if we might consider the gift as being small.

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Clothing

Anas bin Malik, radhiallahu ‘anhu, said: “The Prophet ordered us to wear a good dress for Eid, to use the best perfume we have, and to give charity with what we have as the most valuable.” (Reported by al-Hakim). From this narration we can see that it is encouraged to wear our best clothing. It doesn’t necessarily have to be newly bought clothes, just clean and neat (and ironed!)

I usually have two Eid outfits for my kids: one for the Eid prayer (Thobe and kufi/topi) and a dress shirt, trousers and a tie/bow tie for the rest of the day (and since they’re still young and therefore can get messy, I pack a change of outfit for those just in case moments).

 

Decor

Nothing gets you into the Eid spirit faster than being surrounded by twinkling lights and balloons! At least that’s how it is for me 🙂 I love decorating the house for Ramadan and then switching out a few items to make it more Eid appropriate. My boys usually have a blast with tossing balloons at each other. Their little squeals of joy is well worth the near light headedness I feel while blowing up those balloons!

 

Food

Traditionally, in my Guyanese culture, sawine (vermicelli noodles cooked in a sweetened milk base) is served as part of breakfast on the morning of Eid. I plan to make it this Eid ul Fitr and start off our own little tradition. The last few Eids, I’ve made ‘Eid cookies’ and last year my oldest helped to decorate them.  This year, we plan on making our Eid cookies and both my boys can ‘help’.  Lets hope this mama is patient enough to see this through! 🙂

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Eid prayer

I love the feeling of praying Eid salah out in the open! And with Ramadan being in the Summer months, our Eid prayers are held outdoors. I’ve taken my babies to every Eid prayer (except for Eid-ul-Adha when my older one was just a few days old) and they enjoy themselves. Observing the Eid prayer in congregation is a Sunnah/Fard act (scholars have differed on this) but it’s nice to be able to spend that part of your morning worshipping with others whom you’ve prayed with for the past month.

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Family time

After Eid prayers, we do the rounds for Eid invites from our family. After a month of fasting, it is time to feast! It is quite taxing on the body though, and with kids we have to schedule in nap times as well. I remember the first Eid I spent with my husband, we attended 8 parties on Eid day! Needless to say, we were pooped by the end of the night. We have since toned things down after becoming parents 🙂

 

I hope you all have a blessed and enjoyable Eid ul Fitr with your loved ones. What are some of your Eid traditions and customs?