In a few days time, the day where we can happily break our fast, reward ourselves and share the joy will come. We will bid our beautiful Ramadan farewell and celebrate Eid Al Fitr. What about you? How will you celebrate Eid Al Fitr this year?
As a Muslim family living in the West, we witness diverse cultural and religious celebrations all year long. Our kids might get exposed to them at school or notice the festivities at different parts of town. That’s why each year, we try to make their Eid celebration special. And help them remember Eid Al Fitr holidays as a memorable event.
If you haven’t planned how you’ll celebrate Eid Al Fitr with your family this year, then read along. Here are 5 enjoyable yet simple ways to celebrate Eid Al Fitr with your family members and build a cherished memory that will last for long.
Joyful ways to celebrate Eid Al Fitr
1. The story behind Eid Al Fitr
On a cosy day, gather your family members including children and explain that Eid celebration is a beautiful gift from Allah for Muslims as a reward for their fasting and good deeds during Ramadan. You can also tell them this Hadith about the Prohphet (PBUH):
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) arrived in Medina during two days in which they were celebrating. The Prophet said, “What are these two days?” They said, “We would celebrate these two days in the time of ignorance.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah has replaced these two days with two better days: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.”
Sunan Abī Dāwūd 1134
Start a count down for Eid Al Fitr holiday to get your family members anticipated and excited.
2. Be festive at home
Have a festive environment at home and enrol all your family members to participate. You can all create a home-made ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Happy Eid’ banner, hang some balloons or streamers, or you can simply print ready-made ones online.
Enjoy baking special biscuits with your children to celebrate Eid Al Fitr and have them choose how to customize them with sprinkles and colourful toppings.
3. Share the joy with your community
Happiness is doubled when shared. And indeed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“The most beloved of the people to Allaah are the most beneficial for the people. The most beloved of actions to Allaah –Azza wa Jal- are to cause happiness to reach a Muslim “
Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani No. 906
Think of ways to spread happiness around in your community. You and your children can make simple handmade Eid celebration cards attached to sweets or wrap biscuits and distribute them among neighbours.
Even extending the joy to your non-muslim neighbours, coworkers and your children’s school mates will make a difference. It will build bridges and spread the Eid celebration vibes.
4. Eid Prayers
Let your family wake up early, have dates for breakfast as a sunnah and put on their best clothes. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to eat 1 or 3 dates on Eid mornings before heading to Eid prayer. And after prayers, he would take a different route on his way back to greet more people and spread the peace and blessings.
Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Prophet (PBUH) him, would return on the day of Eid by using a different route from which he came.Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 943
It is preferable to take your family early to perform Eid Al Fitr prayers in a big local mosque or Islamic centre where they can meet lots of Muslims and listen to the Eid takbir filling the place. And afterwards, you can provide your children with some sweets to distribute after the Eid prayer and sermon.
5. Quality time
Weary a cheery attitude throughout Eid and make each of your family members feel special. You don’t have to take them somewhere fancy at all. Now is the perfect time to disconnect from your phone and social media accounts and mindfully enjoy the blessings of having a family around.
Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The people of a household are not granted kindness but that it will benefit them.”
Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani –
al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 13261
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever is pleased to have his provision expanded and his life span extended, let him keep good relations with his family.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1961, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2557