15 ideas for simple pre-Eid-ul-Fitr planning

1. Talk it out with everyone

Make a specific Eid plan TODAY. Sit with the family and discuss what you will do on Eid day. Plan things step-by-step. Where will you go to perform Eid prayers? Where will you go afterwards? Get everyone involved and listen to all suggestions.

2. Dress for success

In most Muslim countries Eid is a time for buying new clothing. Shop for Eid clothes and some new items as well.

3. "Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar...." 

Involve the kids, especially the younger ones, in loud Takbirat while going and returning from the Eid Prayer.

4. Cool gift ideas

Give a gift of any of the above items if you don't already have them on hand. Check out the Sound Vision store for more Eid gift ideas

5. For the family's study circle

For your family’s Islamic study circle, get a good book about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and find out how the Muslims of his time celebrated Eid.

6. Share Eid with the family and neighbors

Have two Eid dinners: One for the family on Eid day and one with neighbors. You can also opt to just send them over some Eid dishes.

7. Take the car out for a...

Take a family road trip to a local attraction. Sing songs in the car on the way, eat and stop in between for prayers. 

8. Try to make your Eid digital-free 

As much as possible, avoid texting and being on the phone too much. Enjoy and relish the one-on-one time with the whole family. 

9. Decorate your home 

This will help liven up the atmosphere and make the mood more festive. Use balloons, banners, streamers, lights, and more.

10. Give gifts generously-give an Eidee

In some parts of the Muslim world, a small amount of money is given to children as an Eid gift. You can do that or give a present. Please avoid the commercialism (and please check out one perspective on why Eid gifts are better than Eidees).

11. Encourage the kids to make handmade gifts

Why not help children make gifts for one another? Not only is this more affordable, but  handmade gifts tend to come from the heart.

12. Start a family project

Why not mark Eid-ul-Fitr with a new family project? For example, start of a family library. Discuss the issue practically: How many books, which kind, budget, where will the library be set up in the home, etc.

13. Share with hungry kids

During Eid-ul-Fitr, children in need must be remembered by sharing something with them. Encourage a family donation from each member for children in a specific part of the world.

14. Discuss the Eid day menu

If you are the family member responsible for preparing the food on Eid day, consult other members of the family. Consultation may help you involve them in preparation and cleanup as well.

15. Plan to invite a new Muslim or someone alone this Eid over after prayer

At the place where Eid prayer is held, a lot of hugging goes on. You will find some Muslims standing alone. They are either new Muslims or new immigrants without relatives and friends. Do hug them and greet them. If possible invite them to your home for a meal. Also inform them of any planned Eid celebrations at any community center.

Have a great Eid everyone. May Allah bless you with more and the best of this world and the real best in the everlasting life.

Comments

This article needs to be updated, or mention of winter and spring deleted - it is summer/fall - or made more generic to apply year round since Ramadan moves based on the Lunar Calendar. Otherwise, thoughts and suggestions are very good.

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Palatine

Salaam, good article Mashallah with some useful suggestions!

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Karachi, Pakistan

May Allah reward you for your ideas and your effort, it really helps to read all the positive thingson this hard times,thank you for helping me to increase my faith.

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