Written By Shahd Tashkandi
It is the time of the year again, when we meet our loved ones with heart-warming gifts and greet strangers with meaningful prayers. It is the time when we spread joy amongst everyone throughout the day. It is the time of Eid Al-Adha.
As many of you know, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhul-Hijja. Around two million Muslims celebrate the end of their pilgrimage – Hajj – in Makkah. The rest of the world – who I pray will be blessed enough to take part in Hajj in the upcoming years – celebrate in several ceremonious ways.
One of the many acts of worship that Muslims perform during this season is sacrificing an animal, typically a goat or a sheep. The act commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah SWT. In some parts of the world, locals tend to decorate the sheep they want to slaughter by painting its fur or putting artificial flowers around it. This unique custom results in a beautiful showcase of animals throughout the days of Dhul-Hijja, engaging both children and adults in this Eid Al-Adha practice.
Of course, no Eid morning is complete without the mandatory candy bags that are distributed to all children on that beautiful day. This year, I had the pleasure of preparing hundreds of loot bags filled with all kinds of sweets and chocolates. The experience of sitting down with friends and working together in an assembly line format – passing the bags from one candy station to another – is truly enjoyable. But what makes this tradition even more special is watching the smiles on children’s faces when they open the bulky candy bags and find all kinds of sweets and goodies.
Regardless of what part of the world you are from, everyone celebrates by wearing the best and newest clothes they own on Eid. After all, it is a great celebration, and our attire aims to reflect that. And as we have seen in the past few days, Instagram has been bombarded with stunning Eid selfies and gorgeous outfits! It’s truly heartening to see everyone looking amazing on Eid.
We hope you’ve had a very blessed Eid. What did you love most about this holiday? Share with us your favorite moments below in the comments!