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Celebrate Eid in style
22 May 2018
Brighton-based Muslim mummy influencer Nilüfa Dahlia tells us about Ramadan and how she
plans to celebrate Eid with her husband and two young children, Kamil, three, and Ascia, one.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. We’ve fasted for a whole month during daylight hours and in that time we’ve
reflected spiritually, increased prayers, made a conscious effort to behave well and to be kind every day, whether
that’s leaving £1 in a vending machine for the next person or donating something to the food bank. During this time,
it’s really important to me that my kids embrace Islam and so I created a Ramadan Kindness calendar and we ensure
we stick to doing one good deed a day. Research has shown it takes up to 21 days for a habit to form and as
Ramadan is about 30 days long, it is hoped that these good habits will continue once Eid is over. There’s always a
really good united energy during this time, which I miss once it’s all over.
Eid al-Fitr comes when the moon appears towards the end of Ramadan (this year it will begin on
the evening on 14 June and end on the evening of 15 June). As soon as we’ve seen the new moon,
I give my children an Eid basket. This includes new pyjamas, sweets and a book on Eid. On the
morning of Eid, the first thing we do is take a shower (cleanliness is a really important part of
Islam), then we put on our best clothes. My husband wears the traditional jubba (a long shirt) and
skull cap to the mosque for prayers and then changes into something smart casual later in the day.
SHOP FOR EID
Eid is a chance to feel special – the best version of ourselves so it’s traditional to wear something
new or your best clothes. It’s a wonderful time to invest in yourselves. I like to wear a long-sleeved
maxi dress with heels and a nice scarf. Some families like to match with their kids and I do like my
family to coordinate, so for Kamil I will pick smart shirt, trousers and waistcoat and bow tie to
match with his dad’s, and for Ascia, I will choose a dress with a bow which complements my outfit.
Changing outfits during the day is quite normal and I usually put the children in something a bit
more comfortable like joggers and a T-shirt later in the day.
SHOP MEN'S OCCASION
SHOP WOMEN'S OCCASION
Muslims shouldn’t strictly celebrate birthdays so Eid is one of the big events of the year in the Islamic
calendar and an opportunity to pray, exchange gifts and spend time with loved ones. I like to do a
really special Eid breakfast which will include a few Bengali and Turkish dishes (I’m from a Bangladeshi
family and my husband is Turkish). We will then go to pray Eid salah, then out for a special lunch, and
in the afternoon and evening it’s all about visiting family and getting the cousins together.
SHOP GIRLS' OCCASION
SHOP BOYS' OCCASION
Follow Nilüfa Dahlia at nillydahlia.com , youtube.com/nillydahlia and Instagram.com/nillydahlia
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