It’s almost Eid! As a child, Eid al Fitr was by far my favorite holiday. Perhaps because the festivities started the night before. I have the fondest memories of the women in my family sitting around our living room putting mehndi on our hands. Back in the day in Indiana we didn’t have cones, so we resorted to mehndi paste applied via toothpick. Choice of design was sun or dots. Mornings were just as fun. A religious tradition is to eat something sweet before attending prayers, so not only was eating doughnuts for breakfast acceptable, it was encouraged.
What I love most about Eid is traditions. It provides a connection with our loved ones and it brings so much joy to share with our children. For me, a big part of Eid is wearing a new outfit. This is also a religious tradition to do so, and one I am very happy to follow. Now that I am at home, I can wear traditional Pakistani clothing throughout the day. But I remember those years that I was working I would head straight to the office after prayers. Whatever your schedule, make sure you make it a special day and dress up! Here are a few outfit ideas to inspire you.
Another Eid tradition of ours as children was an Eid scavenger hunt. This was not a religious tradition, but a family one. After returning home after prayers, our parents hid our gifts all over the house for us to find. My siblings, cousins, and I still talk about it to this day and I plan to do it with my kids this year. See below for some gift ideas for your family. There are a variety of items, all under $100.
What are some of your traditions? Whatever you may do this Eid, I hope it is a joyous and blessed day for you. Eid Mubarak!