The festival of Eid begins with the sighting of the new moon and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It’s been almost a fortnight since Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr this year. It’s a day of pure joy as families and friends gather and spend this three-day celebration together, give out gifts, engage in charitable acts, savour all sorts of delicacies and wear their best clothes!
Last year was my first Ramadan and Eid away from home as I had to stay back a month of Summer to complete my Foundation Course here at the University of Leicester. While I terribly missed spending the blessed month with my lovely parents and siblings, I made sure to make my Eid as fun and memorable as I possibly could. So I put on my new dress, wore my favourite pair of flats (because I wouldn’t dare walk in heels even if my life depended on it) and invited all my friends to a nice dinner at a lovely restaurant on London Road called More. If you haven’t been their yet, you must! The Islamic Society at the University of Leicester has tons of activities planned out for students on Eid and they even organize for the morning Eid prayer.
I am thankful that I got to spend Ramadan and Eid with my family this year. Going to the mosque for the Eid prayer, the familiar aroma of sheer khurma (a traditional vermicelli and milk pudding) floating around the house in the morning, fireworks at the beach and having family and friends over is sheer bliss. It is during moments like these that you realise just what a blessing it is to be with your loved ones and spend such wonderful times together.
How did you spend your Eid? Let me know in the comments below!
Peace out! 🙂