Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى, ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’) also known as the “Sacrifice Feast“, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Abraham sacrificed his son, God provided a male goat to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one-third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is retained by the family.
Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر, “feast of breaking the fast”) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.The religious Eid (Muslim religious festival) is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.
Eid Mubarak to all my fellow Muslims and to those celebrating around the world! This may be a bit of a delayed post considering Eid Al Adha was on Friday, but luckily my motto (not as often) is “better later than never.” So today’s post surrounds Eid; everything it symbolises in Islam and what it had symbolised to me over the years. So keep reading and feel free to leave any questions or comments surrounding this.
When people usually ask me about Eid, I often get questions such as, “how do you define what Eid is?,” “what do you do?,” “do you have to be Muslim to celebrate Eid?” I often respond to people with the simple term that Eid is like a Muslim’s version of Christmas. Why? Well we wear our best clothes, we eat food, we exchange gifts, we spend the day with our loved ones and you don’t necessarily have to be Muslim to celebrate Eid. Sadly, in some countries it is not a public holiday even though Christmas is (let’s petition for this!).
Some things we are encouraged to do on Eid
1. Make ghusl (bath) before going out to prayers or leaving the home.
2. Try eat a date on the day of Eid. It was one of our Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)’s favourite food to eat on Eid.
3.Recite takbeer (follow the link) during the day of Eid. This recitation symbolises the greatness of God and proclaiming praises to him is one of them.
4.Wear your best clothes. This need not be the most expensive or the most extravagant, in fact it is exactly what it states, your “best.” Whether that be a pair of socks you wear everyday or a dress that you’ve just bought as long as it is your then that is all that matters. Always put effort!
5. Greet people. So the most appropriate way to greet any one on Eid would be to say “Eid Mubarak,” this simply wishes someone a blessed Eid and just wishes them merriment for the occasion.
Eid to me, has meant many things over the years, as a child it symbolised a day off school and a day of eating sweets all day. I come from a big extended family, so growing up my closest people were my cousins. We often would see each other during the week, at school and over the weekend, therefore Eid was not an exception. We would all be uncomfortably overdressed in solidarity and we did almost anything to get up to mischief; whether it was playing basketball, cops and robbers or watching Emperors New Grove all morning. At this young age, it was the idea of being around my cousins and playing all day that immediately resonated with Eid. Spoiler alert but this was truly my favourite time!
ALAS! I got older and slowly but surely the same sentiments spending Eid with family stayed but the innocence of it all shifted. I began to wonder what Eid really was, as my cousins moved abroad and suddenly getting dressed up became more of a competition. I hate to admit it but I grew to find Eid extremely boring because pretty soon “days off from school” didn’t mean much. However, when I moved to England for my undergraduate degree, I began to appreciate the meaning of Eid more as I was living in a completely different city and atmosphere. I think it gave me the chance to really appreciate my home town Eid celebrations. Spending Eid in England felt almost lonely despite being around people all day. I felt a little lost and it was completely out of my comfort zone spending Eid elsewhere.
I have now spent two Eids in Cape Town, while that may be away from my home town it hasn’t quite made me feel as lonely as England did, but it has made me realise that I must make more of an effort to take out of the day to celebrate the meaning of the occasion. Majority of my Eid on Friday was spent working on my thesis (that’s right I don’t just blog as a life aspiration) and I managed to scrape in a few hours for a good meal with some good company. It was quaint and I did my best to make the most of my day despite the deadlines.
The point of this blog post, is to show you how Eid can mean a variety of things to people all over the world. What was once a day off school grew to be more than just a boring day where I am overdressed but rather a day where I am grateful for my religion and the people I surround myself with on this day. Whatever Eid means to you, I encourage you to embrace it and remember that it is a chance for you to appreciate another Eid spent with the people you care about while munching on good food (a privilege not many have).
Well, there you have it my blog post on Eid and all its trimmings! Let me know what you think about Eid and what it means to you. I would definitely be interested in reading and engaging. For all those wondering my outfit details, they are below and the restaurant is called Pigalle in Cape Town. If you’re ever in the area then be sure to visit this place it was the perfect place for the occasion.
Shoes: Office London (aren’t visible but they’ll be featured in other posts)
Makeup: Eyes (Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette
Face: BB Cream (Shiseido), Powder (Rimmel Stay Matte), Concealer (Maybelline Age Rewind stick) Bronzer (ABH Powder Contour kit), Highlighter (theBalm Marylouminiser),
Lips: (Huda beauty liquid matte in Trendsetter)
Until next post folks!