Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Eid ul Fitr Celebrations

Eid Mubarak everyone.. :) May Allah bless you for your good deeds and forgive your sins. Enjoy the day and thank the almighty!

Today I am doing a post, why people celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr. History and other important facts :)

History of Eid ul Fitr

Before the arrival of Islam, people in Arab country talk about Eid festival as yawn al-sabasab and yawn al-sab’. The Israelite's also celebrate festivals but mainly the celebration of historical days.

As per History of Eid-ul-Fitr - the festival was first originated by the last prophet of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The day was and still is being observed on the first of month of Shawwal, after the end of holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims undergo fasting for a period of one month.

According to the hadith, Eid was instigated in Madina. T
he Prophet told the people that the Almighty God has set two days of holidays of festivities for you, Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.

Eid-ul-fitr and Eid-ul-adha are auspicious events of showing thankfulness to Almighty God. It is also a means of amusement and merriment.

Celebration of Eid

All Muslim fast daily throughout the holy month of Ramadan, from dawn until the dusk. But fasting is prohibited on Eid. The day is observed with prayers, food and family get together.

For Eid, people gather at their mosques to complete Salat al-Eid prayars – and enjoy their day. Women put mehdi (hina) on their hands, feast is cooked specially for the relatives, neighbors and those who are visiting.

To know more about Eid... read Eid Ul Fitr post (2013) or Eid Mubarak to all (2015) and check yourself, how much people enjoy the day :)

Alternative names for Eid

Eid-ul-Fitr goes by various alternative terms in English, including:

Fastbreaking Eid
Sweet Festival
Ramadan feast
Feast of Fasting
Idul Fitri
Eid feast
Eid al-Saghir
Sugar Feast

Thank you for reading friends.. if you are celebrating Eid, please share with me, how was your day and what else you do on the day. 

Again, Happy Eid everyone :) 


Friday, July 1, 2016

Eid Decorations

Decorating for the festivals is always brings extra cheer in the family. It is priceless to see happy faces of the kids, when they wake up to decorations but it is also exciting for the adults and visitors.

Eid is almost here and it’s time to prepare for the celebrations! Here are a few Eid Decoration projects that you can try at home to bring in the Holiday spirit... :)

The Starts and Crescents Hanging

1 to 2 sheets of Golden craft paper
1 to 2 sheets of Royal Blue craft paper 
(above item may varies according to the size, color combinations can vary according to the choice)
Cardboard Material
Clear Strings
Scotch tape

Make couple of stencils for both the shapes. These stencils can be as big or as small as your place allows. Use stencils to make cutouts from cardboard which will work as solid structure for the decorations.
Next cut the pieces of star and crescents. Make sure that you have enough paper to cover the cardboard. Now paste the craft paper shapes on the cardboard and leave it for at least 30 min. so they can dry completely.
Now use a compass (drawing tool) or something similar to make holes in the shapes. Use clear strings to attach all the pieces. And attach each string with a frame which is the base of the hanging.
(Note: I used different length of strings to create a 3-D effect in the hanging. Use more imagination and make a perfect hanging.)

Another beautiful and self explanatory wall hanging for the festive decoration

Paper Lanterns 

Sheets of colorful craft paper
(above item may varies according to the size, color combinations can vary according to the choice)
T light candles/any candle in a jar with balanced bottom

Cut the multicolored craft paper in squares. Use pointed pen or pencil and draw a designs on the paper, like a flower, moon, stars etc. 
Now use needle or pin to make tiny holes all over your design. It would take a while but results will be mind blowing.
Now tape or glow the squares to make a cylindrical shape. Put T light candles. The design of the paper will look beautiful while light come through the holes.

Is the above design, too easy for you... try this mosque lantern, have fun crafting :) 

Decorated Candles

Plain Candles
Gems, sequins, glitter

Figure out :) 
(Note: When you paste the gems, let them dry for at least 2-3 hours)

Another way is to decorate the platform with the material

Let me know if you like the ideas. Share your ideas with me :) Happy July