Islam/How to celebrate Eid
Greetings! I teach English in the US to many Muslim students. The school at which I teach does not allow Muslims a holiday on Eid al-Adha (tomorrow). Since my students are required to be in class during Eid, I really would like to make it a special day for them. However, I have no idea what activities to do to celebrate it with them. I have read that Eid al-Adha is a time to give gifts, but I do not know what type of gifts to bring for them.
My question is this: Are there any activities that you can think of that would allow my students to celebrate Eid and make tomorrow special for them?
If I brought gifts, what type of gifts or what kinds of food are typical during Eid?
Thank you, dear friend!!
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim (In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
I am sorry to reply late. Indeed you are an angel of God and it really feels great to Learn that you are so concerned about your students.
Unfortunately you may have already missed the festival....but anyway i will answer the question so you can continue to update your knowledge base at least.
Muslims around the world celebrate 2 Eid's
1. Eid Al Fitr - Which marks the End of Ramadan(30 Days Fast)
2. Eid Al Adha - Which marks the Next Day Of Hajj (Pilgrimage in Mecca Saudi Arabia)
During Eid muslims normally wear new clothes and begin the day with Special Congregational Prayers. Once the prayers are completed - they go back to their houses and prepare delicacies in order to serve visiting guests amongst friends and relatives - poor and needy etc. The elders give some form of presents to the children or their young - mostly cash to enable them to later buy things of interest.
Looking after the poor and the needy on this day is an important religious duty.
Muslims reach out to the poor by distributing in kind or cash as much as possible.
However these activities might not be a perfect idea inside School.
You may prepare special food during Eid day and do a small party amongst your students and invite others to join this small gathering.
You can read out stories of the Prophets to give them further insight into the Special Day and explain them why Eid is an important part of Islam.
1. Sweets ( like semayee - sheer khorma - Arabic Sweets - Turkish - Egyptian - Umm Ali etc )
2. Mutton / Chicken / Beef or any food of local choice which is liked by everyone.
3. Desserts etc. - based upon local taste.
I hope the above is in line to your query.
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