9 Fun Things To Do To Celebrate Eid

I can’t believe the month of Ramadan is almost over and Eid is coming up! I hope everyone who is observing had a blessed month and received tons of rewards. Today I am wearing a dressed up look that could work well for Eid or Chaand Raat (Eid Eve) or any formal occasion.

Also, I grew up with certain traditions for Eid, (mainly to eat, eat, and eat some more) but in case you are looking for more ways to celebrate, I have listed a few ideas below for both Chaand Raat (Eid Eve) and Eid day. If you don’t celebrate, all of these activities are still really fun to do in general so I hope to get you inspired for some new ways to have family fun this weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful Eid and I will see you next week!

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Fun things to do to celebrate Eid:

For The Night Before Eid also known as Chaand raat (night of the moon):

1.  Make a garland– Create a beautiful garland together as a fun activity after dinner. Use the finished garlands to decorate the home for Eid day festivities. Check out this link for 38 DIY garland ideas.

2. Apply Henna/Mendhi – Go to your local Indian or Pakistani store and pick up a henna/mehndi cone, and for some design inspiration check out @hennabyfatima

3. Dance – Put any of your favorite tunes on that iHome and get a move on! I prefer bhangra music for this, but you can feel free to play whatever you love. (P.S. If you follow me on Snapchat @lovezahra.com this is what inspired my little mid-day Bhangra break)

4. Make samosas/pattis – Prepare some special food as a group for the upcoming Eid day festivities. My favorite memories somehow always included eating samosas or pattis. But cookies, cupcakes, or pies work just as well!

5. Write letters to family/friends (to be opened on Eid day) – get some special stationary and have everyone write letters to each other – topics could include how they experienced Ramadan, what they learned about during Ramadan, or just how happy they are to celebrate Eid!

For The Day of Eid: 

1. Host an open house – one of my favorite memories of Eid growing up was after prayers at the Masjid, heading to several different homes to visit with friends and family. Sadly, it isn’t as feasible to just invite everyone you know to come over these days, so I suggest planning to designate 2-3 friends to visit with each other after Eid Prayers. One could be breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner.

2. Have a step and repeat for memories – People always want to capture a great Eid memory. Create the perfect backdrop by preparing an area of the home by getting rid of extra furniture, and add some flowers or a few garlands.  Or create a step and repeat at your home and have guests and family take amazing pictures to remember for years to come. Here is a way to DIY one and here is a Youtube video step-by-step using a pipe.

3. Read a Ramadan story aloud (for young children): Here are a few stories to choose from and here is my newest fave!

4. Have a fun day out with the family! Go out and see a show, go for a bike ride, and just enjoy nature! If you are in Chicago, I’d check out some exhibits here.

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1. Were you ever labeled an ABCD? What did you feel about that? 
Ha! Yes - I would still consider myself an 'ABCD' (American born confused Desi) although I think 'intersectional' is what the kids are calling it these days. As a kid it was difficult navigating both cultures, simultaneously being both and neither. I still struggle with it, to be honest, but I'm just now beginning to see that it is such a blessing to be sort of an outsider. It ultimately made me much more emotionally intelligent, and also broadened my perspective. 
2. Did you get to travel to Pakistan with your parents as a kid? How was the experience? 
Yes! We traveled often - almost every year - and I absolutely loved it. As a kid it was fun playing with the goats and chickens in my dads village, or shopping in the huge maze of bazaars in the city. When I was in tenth grade, my parents even sent me to Pakistan because they thought I was getting too 'wild'. Long story short, they are so advanced in education in Pakistan, we realized me going to school there meant I had to go back two grade levels, so they gave up on that plan and the whole trip became an extended vacation. I was SO resentful that I had to come back to America! I LOVED Pakistan so much. But I also knew my parents were now out of major punishment options - so I fulfilled their prophecy and became pretty wild 😜 
3. Did you face bullying at school for being different? 
sure! My first name Itrat was something kids really liked to tease me about. 'It's a rat' was a fan favorite. Kids would laugh at me and say that my dad worked at the gas station while imitating an Indian accent like Apu from The Simpsons, and they would ask me why I'm not wearing a red dot. I remember once arguing with a girl who then called me a rag head, and I thought she meant my hair was raggedy, but my older brother filled me in that she was referencing our Muslim heritage. 
4. How did your parents keep your Pakistani roots alive at home? 
My parents are both from Pakistan, so we had the food, language, music, books
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