• Maryam Isa-Haslett

HOW TO PREPARE FOR EID CELEBRATION

1. Plan in advance

Call a family meeting a week before and plan what you want to do on Eid day. Invite others over in the afternoon, and have dinner at a restaurant in the evening? Or vice-versa? Discuss ideas with the family, including all of the kids.

Also, talk about the menu and delegate cooking responsibilities instead of dumping the whole workload on mom.

And make sure EVERYONE has a day off from work, school or any other commitments.


2. Clean and decorate the home

Get everyone in on this. Make the house as sparkling clean as you can. If there is enough time and the weather is warm, consider white washing the house and putting mattresses and bedding outside to air out.

Then, once the house is virtually spotless, decorate it with balloons, lights, banners, streamers,etc. Get the younger kids involved in this process. Have them make decorative signs saying "Eid Mubarak" and post these around the house.

Put an Islamic song on the CD on so everyone can sing or hum along while they work. The ideal one would be A Whisper of Peace which features the song "These are the Days of Eid".


3. Make special meal

Make something special which the family does not normally eat, it can be sweet, sour or in-between. The point is that Eid is special, and the food we eat on this day should be better and different from our usual meals.


4. Set up a family Eid present exchange