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What is Eid? (Enter our competition to win Eid Cards)

July 16, 2013
Eid greeting card

‘Geometric Glamour’ Eid greeting card, crystal embellished, by Ananya

Eid greeting card

‘A Drop of Heaven’ Eid greeting card by Ananya

Eid ul Fitr: End of fasting, beginning of feasting

Eid ul Fitr, meaning the Festival of breaking fast, is one of two very important religious festivals celebrated by Muslims (the other being Eid ul Adha). It is a time of great rejoicing and marks the end of Ramadan and a month of fasting. Beginning with the sighting of the new moon its exact time varies according to the location it is being observed from.

Breaking fast

Rising early and having a light breakfast of sweet food such as dates, Muslim men dress in their best clothes and attend a special prayer and sermon. Before attending the prayer, however, each Muslim must pay Zakat al Fitr, a donation for the month of Ramadan, which can be in the form of money or food.

A feast for the eyes and taste buds

Women take great pride in decorating their homes and laying on a feast, including ‘sivai’ – a special sweet made with vermicelli and cooked in milk and sugar. This is an occasion for them to dress in all their finery, decorate their hands with henna and look glamorous.

Eid cookies

Eid cookies by Natasha Ogle

Baklava pops

Baklava pops
Source: A Crafty Arab

Giving and receiving

Eid ul Fitr is a day for giving gifts, starting with the children. In addition to receiving gifts from parents, children also get money, called ‘eddi’ from elders. Daughters are not forgotten in the gift giving, and brothers go to their married sisters with ‘sivai’ (special sweet), and presents which may include clothes, money and jewellery.

Eid decorations

Eid star decorations
Source: Honey Sweet Home

Greetings for Eid 

Ananya’s fabulous range of Eid greeting cards incorporate beautiful designs with the bright and joyous colours of festivity. They can be hand embellished with crystals to make them sparkle and twinkle – a perfect way to wish your friends and loved ones Eid Mubarak as you exchange gifts and wishes for their good fortune.

Eid greeting card

‘Joy of the Day’ Eid greeting card by Ananya

Eid ul Fitr 2013 falls on August 8th. Beginning with the sighting of the new moon, its exact time varies according to the location it is being observed from.

Enter our competition to win Eid cards

What does Eid mean to you? We’ve 2 sets of 10 Eid Cards in some of our beautiful new designs to give away to two lucky winners. Just visit the Ananya Cards Facebook page and let us know what Eid means to you. If you like, you can post a picture too.. We’ll then choose the two descriptions we think represent Eid best! Good luck. 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sobia permalink
    October 26, 2012 1:14 pm

    Elegant and Superb Keep up the good work!!!

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