Eid Al Fitr is weeks away, with an anticipated date of May 13th, 2021. Keep reading to learn more about the festivities in Australia’s second Eid Al Fitr in quarantine.
With Islam being Australia’s second-largest religion, millions of Muslims in Australia are observing Ramadan. Ramadan is the most significant month in the Gregorian calendar because it marks the arrival of the Holy Quran, which is a life compass for Muslims across the globe.
The month of Ramadan is filled with extra prayers in addition to the five obligatory prayers Muslims observe daily. Many Muslims gather in mosques for extra prayers called Taraweeh, although the pandemic has halted or limited gatherings in the mosque for the second year in a row.
Most notably Ramadan is a month of fasting. From sunrise to sunset, Muslim men and women abstain from food or drink. The idea is, if we can control the immediate, life-sustaining desires of food and drink, we have ultimate willpower and can thus purify and better ourselves to connect more with God and be a better person on earth.
While we are still in the Holy month, we have created 10 healthy Ramadan tips to reach Eid feeling refreshed.
When Is Eid Al Fitr?
According to the moon sightings for Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr is expected to commence the evening of Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 and continue into the following day, Thursday, May 13th, 2021.
After a month-long fast, we celebrate the holiest Muslim holiday, Eid Al Fitr, which translates to “the festival of breaking fast.” We at Cresent Wealth are excited to share with you everything you need to know about when, where and how to celebrate Eid Al Fitr in Australia this 2021!
Where Can We Pray This Eid?
As vaccines roll out, we are very fortunate to be able to gather in Australia’s beautiful mosques and strengthen our community bonds. Traditionally, most mosques have various prayer times in the morning to accommodate different schedules. The same will hold true this year, with even more prayer times available to account for social distancing practices.
Click here to find an Eid Al Fitr prayer schedule for Australia’s mosques. While it is Sunnah, the tradition of the Prophet Muhammed peace and blessings be upon him, to attend the mosque, prayers can be held at home if preferred.
How to Celebrate Eid This year:
Eid is a magical time of year but can often be overshadowed by other holidays. Make Eid magical by following these five tips below to upgrade celebrations for a truly special day.
1. Decorate the House
Years ago it used to be hard to find Eid decorations. Now, with the proliferation of social media and Muslim influencers, many brands have recognized a gap in the market and are now creating decor for Muslims to amplify Ramadan and Eid festivities! Days of Eid is an American company making beautiful and modern decorations for Islamic holidays.
There is no longer a need to buy generic balloons at the store. Days of Eid ships internationally and is our go-to favour and decor brand. Some products to order from the Days of Eid site include Eid Mubarak LED lights, lantern string lights and Eid Mubarak marquees. Arrange these indoors or outdoors over mantles and stairways.
Even if the decor is DIYed or crafted from a local store, this is the time of year to make a home feel special, especially with us all quarantined and spending extra time at home.
Use string lights to bring warmth into the home or scents to create a nostalgic effect every Eid. However we choose to decorate will be determined by personal tastes, but regardless, make sure it fills the house with Eid spirit.
This is in the name of the holiday, so it is only obligatory that we eat delicious food on Eid Al Fitr. After a month-long fast, it is our way of celebrating by enjoying a large and delicious meal with loved ones.
The list of traditional Eid Al Fitr foods that fill the table differ by region but some are staples across all cultures. Some of our favourite Eid Al Fitr foods are halal braised leg of lamb, chicken or beef kofte with tahini, the Egyptian favourite- koshari, fatteh and kunefeh bil jabneh (shredded phyllo with syrup and melted cheese). Our mouths are watering just thinking about all of the delicious Eid food. For how to prepare some of these classic Eid dishes, check out this list of Eid recipes.
Islam is a religion about charity. So while we take this time to enjoy a grand meal with family and friends, we also make sure to avoid gluttony and give back to the community. Share the blessing of the Eid feast by providing meals for the less fortunate, feeding an orphan, or sending food to a local mosque to be shared with the community.
3. Have a Tradition
Any of our other four suggestions can easily become Eid traditions. Implement one or all of them into each Eid Al Fitr to create a feeling of nostalgia each year of celebrating. Other simple ways to create tradition can be ordering from or going to the same restaurant every year, baking the same cookies each Eid, or throwing a special party annually for the Islamic community.
4. Attend Sydney’s or Melbournes Islamic Eid Show
This Eid Al Fitr on May 14th, 15th and 16th, Bankstown Showground In Sydney is hosting an Islamic multicultural festival to celebrate the holy holiday! This is an annual event, and despite the virus, the show will literally go on.
The event is completely outdoors and May is one of our most temperate months, so there is no better place to be than celebrating in Sydney’s great outdoors with our families, friends and communities- socially distanced of course.
The three-day event is jam-packed with fun activities. Some of the events include: a food truck festival with Sydney’s best food and dessert trucks, on-site petting zoo, camel ride and horse ride carriages, amusement attractions, character meets for the kids, live entertainment, Friday movie night (the 14th), shopping bazaars, and a massive fireworks show!
This event has something for everyone and is completely free to the public. The Sydney Islamic Eid Show will take place at 176-178 Eldridge Rd, Condell Park.
And for those of us who can’t make it out to Sydney, we can still take advantage of the beautiful weather May in Australia has to offer and plan a micro-festival of our own. Pick a spot in nature like the beach and bring food, games, and kites to celebrate. Take pictures by phone or snap out the Polaroid for instant retro gratification.
5. Give Eidia (Pronounced Eid-a-Yaa)
Eidia is a gift given on the day of Eid as a way to celebrate and recognize the hard work achieved in the month of Ramadan through fasting, extra prayers, charitable efforts and nigh-time supplications. While some Muslims only give Eidia to children, others believe that all ages should join in the fun. We at Crescent Wealth believe the same, Eidia should be for all ages, young and old.
Traditional Eidia may be money, toys, jewellery, perfume, or even a planned vacation. While these are all fantastic Eidiyat, why not give a gift that keeps on giving?
A halal investment with Crescent Wealth is a new and exciting way to give Eidia. Investments can be made in a variety of categories including health care, infrastructure, natural resources, manufacturing, utilities, and innovation.
Our Super Investments are structured to benefit the community and environment while being compliant with Islamic laws. Invest and watch for an unexpected Eidia that will keep on growing and have long term benefits for the recipient. Our beginner’s guide for investing is also a great tool to ease you into the world of finance.
Stock ownership makes another great Eidia. As Muslims, we realize it is important not to compromise values and ethics for worldly gain. So we’ve simplified how to determine halal stocks and can help you pick the right stock for your Eidia.
The world of stocks and investing can be intimidating. Our experts are ready to help you determine which options are best for you and your goals. If an investment Eidia sounds like the right option for a loved one or even yourself, connect with one of our financial experts now to have your gift ready for Eid day!
Celebrate Eid With Cresent Wealth
These are just some of our suggestions to make Eid Al Fitr special this year. At Cresent Wealth, we want you to celebrate Islamic living every day, not just on Eid.
Our blog, Ummah Reads, is designed to educate on topics that matter to everyday modern Muslims. We cover topics from women’s empowerment to making the best fish with Australia’s Socceroos Craig Foster and the Sharouk Sisters. Which by the way, is an easy and quick recipe that can be used this Ramadan or Eid Al Fitr.
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Talal currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board. He also serves as Chairman of First Quay Capital and Chairman of the Australian Arab Dialogue. Talal has also served on the Australia Post, Board of Sydney Ports, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney Area Health Service and the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Council of Australia Arab Relations. In an executive capacity, Talal spent 10 years at PwC as a director and strategist, and at investment firm Babcock & Brown in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia, Platinum Hearing and Star Transport Australia.