Eid al Fitr 2024 – Celebration Foods

‘Eid Mubarak’
“Have a blessed Eid”

Eid al-Fitr Eid literally means a “festival” or “feast” in Arabic. It is a special Muslim holiday celebrated by an estimated 1.8 billion Muslims around the world. It celebrates the end of Ramadan.
It is usually celebrated during the first three days of Shawwāl, which is the 10th month in the Islamic calendar

“Eid al-Fitr” a Day of Celebration.

Muslims believe that Prophet Mohammed and his followers celebrated the first Eid al-Fitr in 624 CE after the victorious battle of Jange-Badr. it was also during this month God gave the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad and told him he was in charge of carrying God’s message.
The five pillars of Islam are: The declaration of faith (shahada), Prayer (salah), Alms-giving (zakat), Fasting (sawm) and Pilgrimage (hajj)

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The celebrations start days before by cleaning the house, purchasing new clothes and gifts for every member of the family. And,  immediately on the sighting of the new moon on the evening of April 11th, 2024 the family enjoys a lavish feast. 

Families get together for lunch on the first day after morning prayers, usually at a fair set up by the community and enjoy all sorts of local delicacies. 

Young girls will display their best henna patterns on their hands, and new clothes for the Eid prayer gatherings the next day. Gifts are exchanged, and children are given spending money in addition to gifts. The following two days are dedicated to go to prayer gatherings at the mosque, visit relatives, friends and the graves of their ancestors at the cementery.

All Muslims are expected to pay Zakat al-Fitr, a special kind of donation for the poor.

Foods eaten during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

You might have heard the word “Kosher” before, it means “appropriate” in the Hebrew language. In Arabic the word Muslims use is “Halal.” Both Jews and Muslims share their beliefs in God as revealed in the Hebrew Bible. Devoted Jewish and Muslim communities hold dietary rules as essential to their faith.

Halal meats, [processed the rightious way], Mediterranean Diet, NO fried foods, lots of Liquids.

Halal is a dietary law derived from Islamic teachings, meaning lawful or permitted.” On the contrary, foods that are not considered halal are considered haram or “not permitted.” In order for meat to be certified halal, it must be slaughtered in a manner known as dhabiha.Dhabiha means that the blood was drained from the animal before it is butchered. A Muslim must recite a dedication known as tasmiya or shahada during this process.

 Animals that are always haram “unlawful or forbidden” to eat include:

  • Pork and its by-products are strictly forbidden
  • Donkeys, mules, and horses
  • Fanged animals (cats, dogs, bears, etc)
  • Birds of prey
  • Reptiles
  • Some other animals, such as monkeys

Recipes of popular foods eaten at Id al Fitr



Ka’ak bil Ma’amoul (Date-Stuffed Ring Cookies)

(Date-Stuffed Ring Cookies)

rice pilaf

rice pilaf

Beet Salad

Beet Salad

Eggplant and Lentil Stew

Eggplant and Lentil Stew

Lamb Biryani

Lamb Biryani

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