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Eid is almost here!

Eid is almost here!

Millions of Muslims all around the world will be observing Eid al-Fitr 2022 next week. The date Eid falls on is decided by the cycle of the moon and this year is from sundown on Monday, 2nd May ending at sundown on Tuesday, 3rd May.

Eid al-Fitr means ‘festival of the breaking of the fast'. It is one of the biggest celebrations in the Islamic calendar (and can last between one and three days).
The fast in this instance is Ramadan. We wanted to share some insights into how Eid is typically celebrated.

In many countries with a large Muslim population Eid is a public holiday—schools, offices and businesses close so that family, friends and communities can enjoy the celebrations together. Here in the UK Muslims may request to take the day off from school or work to be with their loved ones.

In our cities for example, London and Birmingham, Muslim communities organise events offering family fun such as live entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitions and stalls. This year is our first Eid after the two-year break caused by the pandemic and these large-scale events are expected to attract thousand of people.

With our busy daily lives we can forget the importance of meeting and interacting with family members and the friends we have not seen for a long time. The festival and celebrations are known to bring family and friends closer—to strengthen bonds on this joyful occasion.

In preparation for Eid on most people’s list is buying new clothes, jewellery and shopping for Eidi greeting cards and gifts. Also menu planning for lavish meals, stocking-up on delicious food for the Eid feast and of course getting busy with deep cleaning and decorating ready to be the perfect party host. Homes will often be adorned with lanterns, twinkling lights, candles, lunar accents and other decorations. Eid tablescaping is a big deal. In fact Eid preparations can seem never ending!

Eid al-Fitr is also known as the “sweet Eid” because it features a large variety of sweet dishes and treats—something very close to our hearts here at Raphia. And of course we are here to help you with any last minute Eid requests for gifting and sharing. We would also love to hear how you and your family plan to celebrate this year so please give us a follow and message us on Insta or Facebook.

Zineb and the team at Raphia send love and thanks for your continued support.
We wish Eid Mubarak to you all.

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