Eid Mubarak everyone, whether you’re celebrating it today, tomorrow or don’t celebrate at all, I hope you all have an amazing day and really just enjoy the vibe that everyone’s having at the moment.
This post will be short and sweet but I had a lot of thoughts about how we celebrate this holiday, especially across other cultures. Somali’s typically attent Eid Prayer together, maybe hang out with the family by having a meal, or go off and do their own thing. A lot of my South Asian friends dress up and go visit family, and there’s a lot of focus on eating together and visiting one another. When you consider that Eid is basically our only time to celebrate it’s interesting to break down how everyone celebrates – we all do tend to focus a lot on our family time, but there’s a different level of pressure across cultures.
My family in particular are an anomily, we used to go Eid prayers together and spend a lot of time around the wider Somali community, but over the past ten years that’s sort of dwindled down – that might be due to the family size just expanding in general. Now I sort of send my mother and step dad off with their children, they’ll have a meal or go to an Eid fare and I’ll either do my own thing, or go visit family in London – it really depends on the year.
I guess the atmosphere is nice, although my area isn’t the nicest place to live, it has a large muslim community and everyone is all dressed up and hanging out with their familiies and honestly I find that very cute. I was even out earlier doing some errands and saw some families and found it adorable – although they might have been confused as to why I’m not dressed up at the moment, but I usually wait.. if I even put in the effort.
We only get two Eids a year, so enjoy it, whether you’re actively celebrating or spending it alone – just focus on having fun. 🙂