Eid al-Adha is one of the most popular Muslim festivals observed in the world. “Eid al-Adha” means “Festival of the Sacrifice,” it’s also known as the Greater Eid. The holiday is a holy time for prayer, sacrifice, generosity, and exchanging an Eid al-Adha gift or three with friends, family, and those in need.
During the celebration of Eid al-Adha (which starts on August 20th this year), Muslims commemorate and remember Prophet Abraham’s trials by slaughtering an animal (sheep, camel, or goat). Most of the meat is given away to friends and donated to the poor as an act of willingness to give up some bounties in life, to strengthen ties of friendship and help the needy.
But there are plenty of ways to share the bounty during Eid, and one of the most common is to send an Eid al-Adha gift. Need help with choosing one? The suggestions below will give you an idea of how to be generous during the Greater Eid.
1. Let there be food, lots of food
Luckily for everyone, fasting on Eid al-Adha is strictly forbidden as it defeats the whole purpose of the holiday. On this day the food has to be eaten in abundance with a cheerful heart in remembrance of God’s bounty and provision for mankind.
Since Islam is a global religion, the traditional food for Eid al-Adha varies by country and region. But there’s one thing in common: they all are centered on one main ingredient, meat (remember about the sacrifice?). In Southeast Asian countries like Pakistan, biryani (a rice dish with meat and veggies) and seared lamb are the main attractions of the feast. In Turkey, they make kebabs; while Moroccan families may enjoy a main dish called tagine (meat and veggie stew).
While sending your nearest and dearest in another country half a carcass of a sheep might be a little tricky (although not impossible: check out some of the Most Unusual Gifts that can be delivered abroad, to give you an idea), spoiling them with a stylish gourmet gift basket is an easier way to go. There’s nothing quite as exciting as presenting loved ones with a hamper on a special occasion. There are so many things that can be included in an Eid gift basket: from decadent snacks, gourmet meats, and cheese, to exotic fruit and high quality teas and coffee. It’s your call, just remember, it’s all about being generous on Eid al-Adha!
2. There’s Nothing Sweeter Than Sweets
If your recipients have a sweet tooth you can easily transform your gourmet basket into a sweet basket. The impression will be just as strong. Along with sending familiar sweets and chocolate make sure to include traditional Middle Eastern treats in your hamper. Mouthwatering Turkish delight, baklava filled with nuts, halva, shortbread pastries with dates, pistachios, or walnuts are only some of the treats perfect for the occasion. For an extra personal touch, you can try making a holiday themed favor box at home. This actually brings us to our next point.
3. Something Handmade
If you are into arts and crafts, or simply need an idea for how to get the kids involved in helping you prepare for the holiday, then this option is ideal for you. A great place to start would be to opt for handmade Eid cards, treat bags, handmade boxes, or even gift hampers. You can also make an actual gift like a fragrant handmade soap or candle. There are plenty of ideas out there for both beginners and pros. Find some spare time and get creative!
4. And Something Homemade
If you have a little extra time on your hands before the holiday begins, then a homemade delicacy is a nice personal touch to add to the Eid al-Adha gifts for your loved ones. Cook something delicious and simple in bulk to make sure there’s enough for everybody. Eid inspired desserts are a great idea, and this easy, sugar-free Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles recipe will have everyone asking for more.
Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles
- 14-16 dates roughly chopped
- 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Place the dates in a blender or food processor and blitz until turned into a paste. Place into a bowl and mix with ¾ tablespoon of cocoa powder. Roll the paste into round balls (truffles). On a separate plate combine the remaining cocoa powder with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Roll each truffle around on the plate until they are all covered in cinnamon and cocoa. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator before gifting.
5. Are you KIDding me?
Gift-giving is an important tradition in most Islamic cultures. You wouldn’t show up at someone’s home for dinner without flowers and a small gift for the hosts or children. But Eid al-Adha gifts take on a more celebratory role. In Islamic countries the practice of gift giving during holidays is largely based on giving gifts to children. The traditional Eid favor (the favorite part for most kids) is money envelopes from their parents and relatives. You could play this tradition up and find cute ways to package the money, so that kids are even more excited to receive it (like we said, handmade is always a great idea).
Whatever you give, don’t stress over it too much. Even a small gift can go a long way to making your friends and family feel loved and included in your celebrations. A simple phone call or e-mail saying you thought of them can mean the world. Whatever you do make sure you spread the joy this Eid al-Adha.
- Are you ready to demonstrate your generosity? Visit our website to send Eid gift anywhere in the world.
- Read more about Eid al-Adha. These 3 Tasty Holiday Recipes will help you get a real taste of the festival.
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