Eid Mubarak! We wish you a very happy and joyous day.

Depending on where you live, we’re about two and a half months into quarantine. We haven’t seen our mosques in weeks and many of us may be separated from our loved ones. Sadly, COVID-19 has forced us to adjust our everyday routines by staying indoors and avoiding social gatherings.

So that begs the question, how do we celebrate Eid?

For a lot of us, the only way we know how is by attending the packed out gatherings to perform the Eid Salah, whether that looks like salah in our local park or crammed into our local mosques. Not to forget the masses of food and sweets we devour before taking our mid-day naps just to recover enough energy for round two in the evening.

This year there won’t be an Eid salah, no tents set up in the park, no imams in the mosque and none of our extended families awaiting our presence.

Eid Mubarak! We wish you a very happy and joyous day.

Depending on where you live, we’re about two and a half months into quarantine. We haven’t seen our mosques in weeks and many of us may be separated from our loved ones. Sadly, COVID-19 has forced us to adjust our everyday routines by staying indoors and avoiding social gatherings.

So that begs the question, how do we celebrate Eid?

For a lot of us, the only way we know how is by attending the packed out gatherings to perform the Eid Salah, whether that looks like salah in our local park or crammed into our local mosques. Not to forget the masses of food and sweets we devour before taking our mid-day naps just to recover enough energy for round two in the evening.

This year there won’t be an Eid salah, no tents set up in the park, no imams in the mosque and none of our extended families awaiting our presence.

Nevertheless, Eid at home doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of things you can do at home to celebrate.

  1. Decorate – Get creative with balloons, banners and fairy lights to brighten up your home to get you into the festive mood. Try getting the kids involved with some Pinterest worthy DIY hacks to make it all the more personal and fun or you can order some pre-made decorations online.
  2. Dress to impress – Although we aren’t going anywhere, or seeing any of our family and friends, dressing up with our nicest clothes will make the day feel special. Try to avoid sitting around in your joggers all day and make that extra effort to make Eid day special.
  3. Quiz the neighbours – Keep the distance in the safety of your own garden or an apartment balcony if you have one and host a quiz with your fellow neighbours. It’s a nice way to get everyone involved and build friendships.
  4. Virtual hangout – Host a family and friends virtual handout session, play games and check up on each other.
  5. Family games – Plan some fun at home activities, like playing a board game, doing a family quiz, pass the parcel, get out that 1000 piece puzzle etc.. Plan ahead so you avoid wasting away the day in front of the TV.
  6. Cook together – This year get the whole family involved in cooking and baking, delegate out your kitchen tasks from chopping, mixing to cleaning. Don’t forget to make some extra for sharing with your neighbours if you can afford to.
  7. Storytime – Spend some time sharing stories with each other, these could be stories of prophets or memories from your own childhood experiences of Eid celebrations.

Nevertheless, Eid at home doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of things you can do at home to celebrate.

  1. Decorate – Get creative with balloons, banners and fairy lights to brighten up your home to get you into the festive mood. Try getting the kids involved with some Pinterest worthy DIY hacks to make it all the more personal and fun or you can order some pre-made decorations online.
  2. Dress to impress – Although we aren’t going anywhere, or seeing any of our family and friends, dressing up with our nicest clothes will make the day feel special. Try to avoid sitting around in your joggers all day and make that extra effort to make Eid day special.
  3. Quiz the neighbours – Keep the distance in the safety of your own garden or an apartment balcony if you have one and host a quiz with your fellow neighbours. It’s a nice way to get everyone involved and build friendships.
  4. Virtual hangout – Host a family and friends virtual handout session, play games and check up on each other.
  5. Family games – Plan some fun at home activities, like playing a board game, doing a family quiz, pass the parcel, get out that 1000 piece puzzle etc.. Plan ahead so you avoid wasting away the day in front of the TV.
  6. Cook together – This year get the whole family involved in cooking and baking, delegate out your kitchen tasks from chopping, mixing to cleaning. Don’t forget to make some extra for sharing with your neighbours if you can afford to.
  7. Storytime – Spend some time sharing stories with each other, these could be stories of prophets or memories from your own childhood experiences of Eid celebrations.

Hopefully some of these tips were helpful for you. We hope you have a blessed and safe Eid with your families and your neighbours during these uncertain times.