Now that the holy month of fasting has gone to a full close, we can't help but think of cool and unique ways on how to spend the upcoming Eid holidays wisely as they don't come too often and simply because we deserve to enjoy every minute of it after one month of reflection and sacrifice.
Translated from Arabic as the 'Festival of Breaking the Fast", Eid-al-Fitr is a time of rejoicing and celebrating. Festive lanterns and lights come alive all over cities where Eid is celebrated with zeal and fervour.
Muslims observe the religious holiday by taking part in traditions such as holding prayer services and donating money to charity. The first of the two Eids (the second one being Eid Al Adha) is celebrated traditionally for three days and is considered a national holiday in Muslim countries.
Going back to Ramadan, remember when we shared with you guys the Top 5 signs that the Holy Month is almost upon us? We're not going to make an Eid version of this article but instead, focus on something more timely to talk about—the Top 5 Eid Al Fitr activities that people in Qatar love doing!
Let's start it off with the most traditional activity that Muslims all around the world do to mark the Eid holidays—visiting family and friends over food and endless fun!
After gathering at mosques or in open-air locations such as parks to recite the prayers on the first morning of the festival, the next thing that many worshippers do is to doll up, wear new dresses, and sit down with their family and friends for breakfast—their first daylight meal following a month of fasting.
As part of the festivities, Muslims also decorate their homes with lights. They usually place string lights, candles, or lanterns around your house, and put up festive banners made of paper stars.
Moreover, families make their rounds visiting the homes of relatives and offering their greetings for the holiday. If your family is quite large, these visits need to be kept short so there is time to see everyone. Well-wishers give each other new clothes or sweet treats.
In some countries, families also visit graveyards to offer their respects to family members who have departed.
There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing the city that you live in conducting various Eid Al Fitr events and festivities for the people witness, enjoy, and take part in.
Here in Qatar, a variety of Eid undertakings are scheduled to take place in order to cater to the whole family. From entertainment shows, spectacular fireworks, games, to circus, and more—there are so much fun and enjoyment to be held across the country!
Alongside different malls, Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakra, and the Katara Cultural Village will also be hosting a number of programmes to celebrate Eid Al Fitr.
Check out this article if you want to learn more about the different Eid Al Fitr activities and events happening in Qatar this year!
Families spending their precious Eid holidays outside of the country is not anymore new in Qatar. That's why Eid Al Fitr is considered by many airlines as a period to skyrocket flight fares in order to take advantage of the peak travel season among Qataris and expats.
Luckily, there are many great international destinations where you can relish a legit exotic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. To help you doing the painstaking work of looking into where to go, we have done a rundown of destinations with a flight time of close to five hours from Qatar.
Click HERE for your full travel guide!
The first three entries on this article are some of the most common so we'll try to break conventions this time around with this one.
Have you ever heard of a millennial term called "staycationing"? It's a new vacation trend that urges individuals or family members to spend a holiday within their home country rather than abroad and it's becoming relatively popular nowadays!
Through this modern vacation trend, families (and even big group of friends) get the chance to unwind while having some time to catch up in insanely-affordable prices!
We've put up some of the best Eid Al Fitr staycation deals in a listing article and you can check them out HERE!
Donating food, clothes, and even money to charity a few days before Eid Al Fitr kicks off is a requirement for Muslims in order to fully grasp the spirit of celebrating the holidays. This tradition is called "Zakat al-Fitr" and may come in any form such as rice, barley, and dates to be given to less fortunate families so that they can feast and celebrate Eid as well.
For a list of the different charity organisations in Qatar where you can donate food, clothes, toys, and money, etc, click HERE!
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