8 Eid Traditions We Are Totally in Love With
In 2023, Eid celebrations will kick off on 21st April (the date may vary depending on the official sighting of the moon), when Ramadan, the annual month of fasting for Muslims over the world, ends. If you want to know how Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated, then you’ve come to the right place. There is a whole set of traditions around this festival that will leave you enthralled. Let’s tell you about Eid-ul-Fitr and the different rituals and traditions associated with it. We will also tell you how you can celebrate Eid during uniquely in 2023.
The Arabic meaning of Eid-ul-Fitr, or the first Eid of the year, is ‘festivity upon breaking the fast’. After days of fasting during the month of Ramadan, striving to connect with the ultimate maker, Eid is a time of great cheer. It is also chock-full of delightful traditions that deserve to be read – as they say, cheer is infectious!
Eid Rituals That Are Just Wow
Here are some Eid rituals and traditions that you should acquaint yourself with.
1. The Tradition of Helping the Less Fortunate
In order to ensure that those who are not financially well off can also celebrate Eid, Muslims give ‘Zakat Al-Fitr’ or charity to the poor. After all, the significance of Eid-ul-Fitr is being grateful to the maker, and this tradition instils a sense of consideration for the fraternity at large. The tradition of giving isn’t limited to just family, and this gives the less fortunate people to be a part of big celebrations. Furthermore, it even fosters feelings of brotherhood, community, and love among people. We admire this tradition!
2. The Tradition of Eating Dates and More Dates
No Eid celebration is complete without lots of date fruits. Women often turn them into delightful date cookies called ‘Ma’amoul. Dates are usually eaten before leaving home to offer prayers. The belief goes that the Prophet always set out on Eid after eating an odd number of dates. Such a s-we-e-e-t story of Eid, we say!
3. The Tradition of Praying Early Morning
Eid celebrations are incomplete without offering prayers too. In fact, Eid celebrations begin by offering prayers in the mosque. Muslim men gather in the mosques early morning and offer prayers that set off the end of Ramadan and welcome the festival of Eid.
4. The Tradition of Celebrating Together as a Family
The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is that time of the year when families get together and have a rollicking time – yes, even the really busy sons and daughters in other cities! What could be more awesome than having all your favourite people close to you? This is a jackpot, especially for Moms who live away from their children.
5. The Custom of Cooking Delicious Food
What is Eid-ul-Fitr without delectable food? This is the day when Muslim households across the world are fragrant with sumptuous meals. While meat is often the mainstay, lamb sacrifice is not customary during Eid-ul-Fitr. Instead, this is performed during Eid-al-Adha later in the year or after the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage. During Ramadan and on Eid, people make huge quantities of local delicacies, from sweets to savoury items, and you will find scrumptious food in every Muslim household.
6. The Custom of Gifting, Which We All Love!
‘Eidaat’ or gift-giving and receiving in Arabic is definitely children’s favourite part of Eid – the adults too, for that matter! This tradition aims to strengthen familial connections and ties and infuse even more vigour in the festivities. If you’re wondering what to gift, clothes are your best bet. There’s nothing quite like showing off new clothes during Eid.
7. The Custom of Applying Henna on Hands
As part of Eid preparation, many Muslim women in India also apply beautiful and intricate henna (mehendi) designs on their hands a day before the festival. Wearing new traditional clothes, decking up with the finest of jewellery, and adorning hands with henna are the highlights of the Eid celebration for women.
8. The Custom of Decorating the House With Lanterns
Eid preparations begin a couple of days prior to the main festival. And the days leading up to Eid are fun. Women clean their homes and bedeck them with colourful lanterns and handmade decorative items. The homes are lit and look spectacular on Eid.
With so much to look forward to, there’s no wonder Eid is awaited with bated breath every year. Whether you are now close to your loved ones or still far away in a situation where you can’t meet them, don’t let it dwindle your spirit to celebrate, pray and feast. Eid is all about giving and receiving love, so let’s have a happy Eid.