Eid-al-Fitr is a great time to get friends and family together to celebrate the season of kindness and good deeds. Aside from spiritual reflection and prayer, mark the holiday by organizing an incredible party for your loved ones.
However, the global pandemic is still affecting how we can safely gather and celebrate Eid-al-Fitr and Ramadan together. With that in mind, your Eid party may not pull out all the stops like years past. That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your gratitude in whatever way you feel comfortable. If you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help.
We’ve got plenty of ideas for you to plan a celebratory and memorable Eid-al-Fitr party, whether you’re inviting immediate friends and family members or throwing a larger affair.
What is Ramadan and what is Eid?
Eid-al-Fitr is a time to celebrate joy, warmth, and blessings with your community. That’s why it’s an exciting time to have a party and celebrate together. Eid marks the end of a month-long Ramadan where people fast from dawn to sunset as a way to clean the soul, develop empathy, and practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Because of this, Eid is also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” by observers worldwide.
When is Eid?
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the 30 days of Ramadan and is celebrated for 1–3 days, depending on where you live. The holiday falls on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. The exact date of Eid depends on the night of a crescent moon or new moon sighting. In 2021, Eid-al-Fitr will be observed in the U.S. starting at sundown on May 12th until May 13th.
Ideas for celebrating Eid
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The beauty of Ramadan is that there are so many different ways to celebrate with your friends and family. While it’s important to stick to the traditions, such as saying prayers, you can build meaningful family traditions into your Eid-al-Fitr to make it special and unique. Here are a few ideas:
— Adorn your home with festive Eid decor.
— Throw an Eid party or host an Eid dinner at your home.
— Dress to impress – either purchase something new or wear your spring finery to add to the festive spirit of the holiday.
— Visit with friends and family at a local community center.
— Donate food or money, or even donate your time by performing community service.
Below, we have lots of great ideas for how you can organize and host an elegant Eid party like a pro.
What safety precautions should I consider for my Eid party?
If you’re planning a gathering for more than just your immediate household, you may want to take some safety precautions into consideration before you send out the invitations. To make your guests feel at ease, follow the most up-to-date advice from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and your state and local government.
Online invitations can help you plan a safe virtual or in-person Eid party gathering. Use Paperless Post’s easy-to-use templates to add safety information to your invitation, and you can even choose to add questions about guests’ vaccination or testing history. And unlike paper invitations, you can make up-to-the-minute changes if circumstances or regulations change.
Decor ideas for your Eid party
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To create an atmosphere of joy in your home, balance light, scent, and memorabilia, accentuated with lunar motifs and embellished carpets.
— Crescent moons and stars – Cut out crescent moon and star shapes to mark the lunar festival. You can also buy balloons with Ramadan messages.
— Lanterns and Candles – Because Eid is celebrated after sundown, handcrafted decorative lanterns, oil lamps, and ornamental candles add ambiance and pay homage to the holiday’s beginnings. Light also symbolizes hope, vitality, and good luck. Use colorful lanterns, marquees, and LED lights to create a magical atmosphere by placing them in windows or as centerpieces.
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— Incense – Natural aromas of flowers, spices, and herbs will fill up your home on Eid. You can also burn essential oils, oud, and incense. Try cardamom, rose, and sandalwood to awaken the senses and create a nostalgic Eid atmosphere. Use Arabic incense burners as a nod to tradition.
— Floral arrangements – Use spring flowers to create a verdant floral sculpture or fresh floral bouquets. You can even do an Eid craft project that includes embellishing floral arrangements with candles and tea lights to create elegant garlands and table arrangements.
Ideas for your Eid dinner table
The Eid dinner table is always grand, and you’ll want to start your preparations days in advance. Depending on which part of the world you are in, you may cook slow-roasted succulent Halal lamb or goat meat; create a giant pot of rice with saffron, raisins, and nuts; simmer sweet milk with vermicelli (Sevaiyan or Kheer), bake a thousand-layer cake (Lapis Legit), or one of your own delicious regional recipes. Most importantly, you’ll want to create an epic table spread for your guests to enjoy as they drop by to meet and greet.
Here are some ideas to take your Eid table to the next level.
— Place a white, gold, or patterned tablecloth on the table. Incorporate lanterns, string lights, candles, and flowers into your table settings, perhaps as a lavish centerpiece.
— Use stencils to design and write Eid greetings on crescent-shaped cakes, topped with flowers, meringue, and nuts. Affordable cupcake toppers require no time and effort, and the kids love them, too. Display an assortment of delicious homemade cookies, dried fruits and sweet treats on Ramadan-themed party platters.
— As an amuse-bouche or treat, place individually wrapped date balls or Turkish nougat at each table setting. Or fill paper motif gift boxes with sweets, mints, and other small gifts to take home as party favors.
— If you’re hosting a larger affair, order disposable Eid party supplies, so you won’t have to do much clean-up afterward.
Ideas for Eid activities
Depending on the age group and number of attendees, you can organize your Eid party to be more family-friendly or even take it outdoors. Here are some crowd-pleasing activities to honor the celebration.
Activities for kids:
If you’re celebrating with kids, you’ll want to share some of the party planning responsibilities with them, as well as organize kid-friendly activities. Here are a few ways you can keep the young attendees entertained and create lasting memories with them.
— Decorate cookies – Shop for Islamic design baking tools and cookie cutters to make crescent-shaped and star-shaped cookies. Have the kids decorate the cookies with homemade buttercream icing and sugar sprinkles. You can also have them make a gingerbread mosque (Masjid) or stencil Eid greetings on a cake.
— Read a Ramadan story together – Purchase children’s illustrated books to read on Eid, so they can learn more about the true meaning of the festival. Some interesting books you can read together are The White Nights of Ramadan, Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr, and Ilyas & Duck Fantastic Festival of Eid-Al-Fitr.
— Eid Money Envelopes – Give younger relatives paper envelopes stuffed with cash (Eidi or Eidyah). The kids will be thrilled to discuss how they’ll spend their Eidi.
— Make Eid Gift Boxes – Purchase art supplies, take-out boxes, plain party bags, and colorful construction paper so they can make and decorate their own party favor bags and boxes. Moreover, encourage them to get creative and incorporate Arabic script, religious motifs, or what Eid symbolizes to them.
— Finally, Eid-al-Fitr is not only a holiday for celebration, it is also an opportunity to teach kids about charitable giving. As you clean up your home to prepare for Eid, gather gently used toys, clothes and other household items to donate to those in need.
Activities for adults:
Once the kids go to bed, entertain the adults with trivia, music, games or any of the following activities. If several members of your neighborhood or community are vaccinated, or if you have enough outdoor space to host, consider throwing an open house for the evening of Eid. That way, your loved ones can stop by and wish everyone Eid Mubarak.
— Place a wall tapestry, banner, “Happy Ramadan” (Ramadan Mubarak) backdrop, or lantern background to create a photo backdrop where you can capture special moments with your friends and family.
— Apply henna or mehndi together to adorn your hands and feet.
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— Exchange gifts of books, sweets, fabrics, or gourmet food baskets with each other. Similarly, you can do a secret gift exchange (secret bakra) so you don’t have the pressure of shopping for every guest individually.
— Create a playlist and have a dance party at home, incorporating your favorite Happy Eid songs and festive beats from around the world.
On the other hand, if you’re hosting your celebration outdoors, you can decorate the garden or patio with lights, light a bonfire in the backyard, and play lawn games outside.
Virtual Eid ideas
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If you can’t get together with friends or family this year, you can still celebrate the season together. Adapting to a virtual setting will still bring you and your loved ones great joy. Additionally, you may even start new customs! Here are some ideas for your virtual Eid party.
— Take your Secret Eid Bakra gift exchange virtual. Ask guests to mail each other gifts before the big night and open them together. You can also ask people to draw the name of the person to send a gift to.
— Send households with kids a Ramadan DIY cookie decorating kit, and set up a time to Zoom or video chat to share stories and laughs.
— Play Ramadan trivia together and test your knowledge about the holy month. You can set up a multiple-choice questionnaire online or have someone in the group moderate the quiz. Send the winners virtual prizes, such as gift cards or a donation to their favorite charity.
— Hire a professional chef to do a cooking tutorial. Or have someone in your family demonstrate their favorite recipe and have everyone cook along.
— You can also put together a family Eid cookbook by collaborating virtually.
— Share photos of previous Ramadan parties and have each person talk about their favorite memory of celebrating Eid.
— Have each family member sing their favorite Eid song. Alternatively, throw a virtual dance party via Facebook or Instagram Live, so you can share the occasion with friends from around the world.
Alternatively, if you’re not gathering in person or virtually with friends and family, simply send your loved ones an elegant Eid online greeting card to remind them that you are thinking of them.
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When should I send my Eid invitations?
For Eid and Ramadan parties, allow yourself at least 1 week to organize and send your invitations. Ideally, you’ll send out invitations up to 3 weeks in advance to give your guests plenty of time to respond. Online invitations are easy to customize, and you can make them thoughtful and unique with your own text and festive backgrounds. You can also send an elegant animated Flyer via email or text.
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