Eid Celebration Ideas ( 17 )


  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 972   |  

    Opt for healthy cooking methods - Instead of frying foods, they can be baked, grilled or barbecued. For example include foods such as chicken tikka, roasted chicken, baked fish/chicken with herbs, grilled sandwiches, grilled chicken or paneer, poached fish with herbs. Also avoid overcooking fish and vegetables, as excessive heat will lead to loss of important vitamins and minerals.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 353   |  

    Eat small, frequent meals - Eating large, heavy meals at one go can create gastric problems. The larger the meal, the longer it takes for the stomach to digest it. Consuming short and frequent meals makes it easier for the stomach to digest it and this also stimulates metabolism.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 359   |  

    Avoid heavy meals - Meals with a high content of fat and sugar often cause digestive problems. As these meals take longer to digest, they can cause gastric upsets. When getting back to normal eating habits, start with lighter meals and choose healthy cooking options and ingredients.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 314   |  

    Get the family to help out with clean up - Volunteer to help clean up the prayer area after everyone has left. This is also a time when you may see Muslims who don't have family in the community or are new Muslims. Greet them and invite them over or at least inform them of any upcoming Eid activities.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 387   |  

    Contribute to the arrangement of the Eid prayers - Some places may pass around a box or bag seeking donations to cover the cost of renting the Eid prayer place. Give generously, since it normally costs thousands of dollars to book the space.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 310   |  

    Greet those whom you know and those you don't - Say Salam and hug the person next to you once the Khutbah is over. Hug your prayer neighbor and at least wish them Eid Mubarak. If they are alone, invite them over or get their phone number and inform them of any Eid activities that are coming up in your community.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 348   |  

    Straighten your lines in prayer - Make sure to stand shoulder to shoulder and in straight lines facing the Qibla for the Eid prayer.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 346   |  

    Be quiet while the Imam is explaining how to pray - Out of respect for those who may not know how to perform Eid prayer, remain silent or at least whisper if necessary so as not to disturb those trying to hear the Imam’s explanation of how to do so.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 389   |  

    Bathroom visit before leaving - This is a must especially for kids under 10. While Eid prayer places do have bathrooms, getting to them in the midst of a huge crowd can mean an “accident” or missing Eid prayer altogether.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 323   |  

    Take extra clothes, dry snacks, juice boxes, and quiet toys for small kids - These will prove invaluable should the baby leak through her brand new Eid clothes in the car or the toddler starts complaining about hunger or thirst right before prayer begins. A book or quiet toy per child will also prove invaluable if the kids start becoming antsy during the Khutba.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 367   |  

    Take your own rugs or sheets with you to pray - Although arrangements are usually made to have a sheet or paper to pray on, encourage everyone in your family to bring their own, just in case.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 314   |  

    Take a bag to put your shoes in - This way, you can freely move around if necessary to straighten up your line in prayer, since you won't be worrying about where you've put your shoes. Have each family member make their own bag if there's time, and get the younger kids to decorate theirs. Everyone should put their initials on the bag and remember to carry it with them at all times.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 361   |  

    Talk to the kids about proper behavior - Explain to them before going that while Eid is a time of happiness, fun, and celebration, it is not appropriate to run, jump, shout and play hide-and-seek with other kids at the prayer place. Throwing in an enticing reward (i.e. a promise to go out for ice cream or the park later that day if they behave) may also encourage kids to save the fun and games for after prayers.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 384   |  

    Split up the kids for Eid prayer - Decide which kids will go with which parent the day before Eid prayers. Too often, fathers dump the entire responsibility of taking care of the children on mothers' shoulders. Every family is unique so parents can decide how to split up the kids. Regardless of how it's done, the point is to reduce disruption for parents and for others and to keep the kids in tow.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 423   |  

    Iron clothes the night before - Once the clothes have been picked out, waste no time ironing and hanging them up. Doing this the night before helps you get everything ready while you’re still calm, thus less likely to burn the clothes in a last minute ironing rush.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 396   |  

    Hold an Eid dress rehearsal at least two or three nights before - Have everyone try on their clothes at least two nights before Eid to inspect them for tears, stains, and anything else unsightly. This gives you time to run out and buy something else instead of getting a nasty surprise the day of. If you’ve got the time and inclination, turn your basement or living room into a runway and have your models catwalk down.

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  • Jul 7, 2015   |   Review 446   |  

    Don’t rely on the GPS - While Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are convenient, they have been known to err, sometimes at the worst moments. Just in case, print out directions to your Eid prayer location the night before and put them in the glove compartment. You can still use the GPS the next day, but this way, you’re at least covered if it’s giving you the wrong directions or its battery suddenly dies.

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