Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Eid Mubarak

With Ramadan drawing to a close and Eid approaching, I am getting a little nostalgic. This time brings back many fond memories of the beautiful Eids spent with family back home - most of them from my childhood and college years. I remember those nights at home, my mom would be calling all the girls over and we would have a chand raat party. Waking up very early the next morning and admiring the orange colour the henna would give off that we applied to our hands the previous night. Putting on my brand new outfit and matching glass bangles and then eagerly waiting for my father and brothers to come back from the Eid prayers so that I could show them my hands and receive Eidi (money as gift) and then eagerly looking out the window for the friends and cousins who would visit us, showing them the received eidi and gifts, consuming massive amounts of sweets (and moms delicious sheer khurma /vermicelli pudding) and then chasing each other all day long. Oh the memories are so sweet!

Living here, when the family is intangibly far away and the number of Muslim friends living in the area not very large, I struggle to think of what my sons will be like and how they will get excited about celebrations in our religion. Living in a western society, it is always going to be a struggle, I think. Don't get me wrong please! I embrace living in Germany with my entire heart and soul. I am always the first one to respond to the Christmas invitations and I love exchanging Easter baskets with neighbours and friends (Obviously, none of these celebrations have a religious meaning for us but we see no harm in enjoying them with friends who are always so kind and supportive to us).

Its just that, things are different here. Eid is just a normal day and not a funfilled holiday. Most of us who work, can´t / don't want to take the day off due to the uncertainty of what day Eid will fall on as it's all based on the lunar calendar. You dont find any Eid bazars with their narrow walkways packed  with crowds of people buying clothing and accessories. As women, you feel reluctant wearing all the glitzy ensemble as it's so impractical etc. etc.

I wish I could bottle all my childhood memories of this special day and spray around to give my children a sense of how Eid is actually celebrated and why we say Eid Mubarak. I want them, too, to jump up and down with anticipation for this day just the way I and my siblings used to. Nael is getting bigger and I believe, if I want him to admire festivals of all religions and faith but not feel longing for them, the time is now to take action by making his own festivities fascinating enough that he should always look forward to them.

In a (probably misguided) effort to make my sons experience the joy of Eid, I decided to undertake a few "projects" with them. Here is a sneak peek at how we are celebrating the special day this year:


Eid decoration ideas
Eid goodie bags for the kids


Not only the kids but also the teachers at Naels kindergarten got their share. I baked them banana bread loaves and mini carrot cakes.


before
Eid cake loaves as gifts
after



Nael also helped me in decorating our dining room window by making colourful moons from paper.






Here is how our window looks with all those moons hanging.


Eid celebrations decorating ideas




And last but not least, a few pictures of the Eid presents I have made for my besties.


Eidi
Eidi baskets ideas



There is a whole lot of other stuff we have done this year to make things look as festive as possible but its already 2:00 am and I cant think straight anymore. Besides, Ive got a big day ahead of me tomorrow. So, please excuse me, ladies and gents, for leaving out some details but I have to leave now.

Happy Eid to all of you out there. May this day bring fun, happiness, endless blessings and love in your lives!

4 comments:

  1. Aoa sweety ! A very Blessed Eid Mubarak to u n ur family!im in awe n totally impressed by ur efforts u jst said it all for me its jst a depictio of how i use to think abt our childhood festivities n how my kids gonna learn abt our festivals well lets keep doing wht we can n hope for the best

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  2. Happy Eid to everyone and Fatima Thank you v much...it was Alhamduliallah a great day:)
    yasmeen

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  3. Your hard work paid off for sure :) keep on showering us with your artistic creativity my friend :)

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  4. Nice post, i love what you did for eid. anyway, i discovered your site while researching for my next post. Great blog, and Eid Mubarak to you!

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