Every religion has some days reserved which are celebrated like festivals. Muslims too have many days to cherish about, but the two prominent days are ‘Eid-al-Fitr’ and ‘Eid-al-Adha. Eid is celebrated all around the world but Eid in UAE is the best one can experience. It is entertaining, cheerful, and a memorable day.
Only 9% of the populations living in UAE are local residents whereas foreigners make up 91% of the remaining population. This soaring number of expatriates shows the generosity and welcoming nature of UAE people, who have always opened their arms to welcome people from all over the globe. Given the fact the diverse social and cultural fabric of UAE, Eid in UAE aims to create exceptional harmony among people who share different orientations and cultural backgrounds.
People across the UAE celebrate Eid-al-Fitr with their family and friends. Parks, cinemas, beaches and shopping malls come alive as thousands celebrate this festive day. The celebrations go beyond shopping as the fun-filled parks and several streets filled with people meeting, greeting with each other. The various activities of this festive day attract families and children of both residents and tourists. The idea behind these activities is to revive the concept of family togetherness.
Women usually clean their homes so that they can spend many hours cooking for the family. The families will then gather for a big lunch, dressed in their best. The houses are often decorated with sparking lights and the words “Eid Mubarak’ written on them are hung around outside their homes. Cleanliness is of the highest significance.
Eid in UAE is a sweet combination of the Islamic etiquette of sharing and renowned Arabian hospitality. The lively people of this country also celebrate their traditional celebrations such as ‘Fuwallat Al Eid’, which is centered on welcoming guests on the Eid-at-Fitr. The term literally means a platter of sweets and dishes to welcome guests at home on the day of Eid. The core idea behind these celebrations is to revive the spirit of sharing and giving he society as a whole. Fuwallat-Al-Eid is centered on welcoming guests on the day of Eid-Al-Fitr. Although the term is used to generally mean ‘a platter of sweets and dishes’ to welcome guests at home on Eid, the concept encompasses the spirit of giving and sharing in the society as a whole.
Malls and other entertainment centers announce extended timings for the people to come in and enjoy at their fullest. A splendid firework in the night is one of its kind activity. A lot of shops offer discount packages and several international concerts contribute towards making ‘Eid in UAE’ a memorable time of the year.
There is definitely a change of atmosphere during the time of Eid in UAE. Eid celebrations promise great entertainment not only for the residents but also for the expatriates who can’t celebrate Eid with their family and friends.