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You, But Better: The Gaggler Agenda for October

Mark your calendars.


October 1: Support a Cause

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is stepping up once again. Entitled #PINKtober, a month-long campaign is taking place at the JBR property, raising funds and creating awareness while celebrating survivors and those currently battling the illness. As for how you can support the cause? The award-winning Afternoon Tea experience at The Lobby Lounge will be served with an elegant pink twist throughout the month, with 20% of proceeds of the pink afternoon tea donated to Al Jalila Foundation in association with Brest Friends.

Learn more here.

October 2: Browse a Pop-Up

Saturdays are perfect for browsing a pop-up and, this month, it’s the Not Just For Vegans Market that gets our vote. Taking place at The Void at Studio One Hotel in Studio City, the market will host over 30 vendors from a selection of local businesses selling vegan food products, vegan leather bags, beauty, fashion, homewares, and loads more. You can also expect to dine on vegan favourite by West African eatery Veghana while keeping the kids entertained at dedicated workshops. Bonus: attendance is free.

October 8: Open Your Heart

Chocolate is good for the soul, this much we know – but did you know it opens the heart, too? Ceremonial Cacao is raw chocolate and, when consumed, leads to a release of endorphins and an opening of our hearts. Enter: the Heart Opening Cacao Ceremony at Yoga House, which aims to empower you to release what no longer serves you and help you see and reconnect with what is truly important in your life. The two-hour session will take place at its Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City outpost and end with a heart chakra-based Crystal Bowl Sound Journey.

Learn more here.

October 10: Come Together

Leave it to community mental health and wellness clinic The LightHouse to provide women a safe space with its IVF & Infertility Support Group, held in partnership with IVF Support UAE. Providing support in a non-judgmental environment, this online support group is about women coming together to support other women and understand the impact of IVF and infertility on personal well-being, thereby reducing the stigma and shame around infertility in the process. Whether you are currently undergoing IVF or a fertility treatment – or even considering it – this one’s for you.

Learn more here.

October 16: Catch the Sunrise

But don’t just catch it – capture it! Sunrise photography sessions are currently taking place from 6am to 7am every weekend at The View at The Palm – the 360-degree observation deck located at the top of The Palm Tower in the heart of Palm Jumeirah – until October 16. Not only will participants have exclusive access to the panoramic observation deck to capture and share their best shots, but they can also win a luxury staycation and dining vouchers by sharing their pictures and tagging @nikonmea and @theviewpalm.

Learn more here.

October 21: Make Amends

To say relationships – be they with friends, family, or colleagues – are complicated is an understatement. And that’s where the Healing Myself, Healing My Family, Healing My Relationships workshop at SEVA comes in. Led by seasoned psychotherapist Laura Ghita, the three-hour session will help you form better relationships with yourself and with others by healing your emotional issues, improving your self-esteem and self-respect, helping you deal with stress, and changing problematic behaviour patterns.

Learn more here.

October 23: Heal Through Sound

Sound therapy brings with it a number of benefits – stress reduction, improved clarity, deep relaxation, pain relief, and more – which is why the hour-long Tibetan Sound Healing Meditation session at wellness centre Illuminations comes highly recommended. As for what to expect? The soothing sounds of Tibetan bowls will help you destress and deepen the healing of your chakras while creating positive vibrations across the body. This is because our bodies consist of 70% water, making them highly sensitive to sounds.

Learn more here.

October 27: Broaden Your Horizons

A cheesy romcom is always a good idea, but it wouldn’t hurt to explore love from a slightly different lens once in a while, right? Tackling themes like passion, sacrifice, and tragedy is The Legend of Love by the Kazakhstan-based Astana Ballet. And between the spectacular choreography, beautiful scenery, enchanting oriental melodies, and captivating performance of this poetic interpretation of an ancient Persian legend about a love triangle, this one’s not to be missed.

Learn more here.

October 29: Join a Challenge

So you gained a little weight in lockdown? Fret not because the Dubai Fitness Challenge returns to the city, prompting us to get off our couches and commit to 30 minutes of exercise for 30 days straight. The adrenaline-packed month will feature everything from free workouts and exciting fitness events to wellness-centric entertainment – plenty of inspiration to keep moving and challenge yourself! The fifth edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge will run until November 27.

Learn more here.

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Around the World with Eid Al-Fitr

Celebrate the fast, differently

Eid al Fitr and Eid ul Fitr are different spellings of the same Arabic phrase which means “festival of breaking the fast”. “Eid” is the Arabic word for “festival” or “holiday”, and it is used to refer to both Eid ul Fitr and Eid al Adha, another important Islamic holiday that commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to (PBUH) Allah’s command.

This is a time when Muslims come together to offer prayers, exchange gifts, and share meals with their loved ones. It is also a time to reflect on the values of Islam, such as compassion, generosity, and forgiveness, and to strengthen ties with family, friends, and the community.

Eid’s Global Significance

Eid is one of the most significant and widely celebrated festivals in the world. It is an occasion that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and is a time of joy, celebration, and giving thanks. The significance of Eid is not just limited to Muslims; it is also recognised and celebrated by people from different cultures and religions around the world.

The significance of Eid varies across cultures and countries. In some countries, such as Egypt, Eid is celebrated for three days, while in others, such as Turkey, it is celebrated for four days. In some countries, such as Indonesia, Eid is known as “Lebaran” and is celebrated with traditional foods, such as Ketupat and Rendang. In other countries, such as Pakistan, Eid is a time for new clothes, henna designs, and special desserts, such as sheer khurma.

One of the most important aspects of Eid is the act of giving. Muslims are encouraged to donate to charity and to give gifts to friends and family members, especially to children. This act of giving is a way of expressing gratitude for the blessings that one has received throughout the year and is an opportunity to share those blessings with others.

Another important aspect of Eid is the gathering of family and friends. Muslims are encouraged to visit their relatives and loved ones during Eid and to strengthen ties with them. In some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, it is customary to visit the graves of loved ones during Eid and to pray for their souls.

Eid is also a time to forgive and seek forgiveness. Muslims are encouraged to forgive those who have wronged them and to seek forgiveness from those whom they have wronged. This act of forgiveness is a way of purifying one’s soul and starting anew.

UAE Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

Eid al-Fitr is one of the most significant celebrations in the UAE, marking the end of Ramadan and a month-long fast from sunrise to sunset for Muslims. The festival is celebrated with much joy and enthusiasm, with families and friends coming together to share food, exchange gifts, and greetings, and participate in a range of traditions.

The day typically starts with a special Eid prayer, which is held at mosques and prayer grounds across the country. After the prayer, families often visit each other’s homes or gather in public spaces to enjoy traditional foods such as dates, sweets, and other delicacies. Children are often given money or gifts by their elders, and many families dress up in their finest clothes for the occasion.

In the UAE, there are also many events and activities that take place throughout the Eid al-Fitr period. These include traditional markets, food festivals, and cultural performances, as well as fireworks displays and other outdoor activities. Many shopping malls and other venues also hold special events and promotions during this time.

Overall, Eid al-Fitr is a time of joy and celebration in the UAE, with people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to share in the festivities and express their gratitude for the blessings of the past month.

Eid Celebrations Around the World

Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in various ways around the world, often reflecting the local cultural traditions and customs. Here are some examples:

Indonesia: In Indonesia, Eid al-Fitr is known as Lebaran. The celebrations typically last for one week, during which people visit their relatives and friends, and seek forgiveness from one another. Special food is prepared, including ketupat (a type of rice cake), rendang (spicy meat dish), and opor ayam (chicken in coconut milk).

Egypt: In Egypt, Eid al-Fitr is known as Eid el-Fitr. The celebrations last for three days, during which people wear new clothes and visit family and friends. Special dishes are prepared, including fata (a bread and rice dish), kahk (a type of biscuit), and maamoul (a sweet pastry).

Turkey: In Turkey, Eid al-Fitr is known as Şeker Bayramı (Sugar Festival). The celebrations last for three days, during which people visit their relatives and friends, and give candy or small gifts to children. Special dishes are prepared, including baklava (a sweet pastry) and güllaç (a dessert made from thin layers of pastry soaked in milk).

Malaysia: In Malaysia, Eid al-Fitr is known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Celebration Day). The celebrations last for one month, during which people visit their relatives and friends, and seek forgiveness from one another. Special dishes are prepared, including lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo), rendang (spicy meat dish), and ketupat (a type of rice cake).

United States: In the United States, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslim communities across the country. Many communities hold special prayer services, followed by communal meals and other festivities. In some cities, there are even public celebrations, such as parades and street fairs.

Iceland: In Iceland, Eid al-Fitr celebrations are unique, in part, because the Ramadan fast is performed in a way that is not to be seen anywhere else in the world. Iceland’s midnight sun phenomenon means that during Ramadan many Muslims fast for up to 22 hours a day! Muslims in Iceland do have the choice to break their fast based on the timings of sunrise and sunset from the nearest country, or of Saudi Arabia, however many have iftar when the sun breaks above the Icelandic horizon. So when Eid al-Fitr comes around, the celebrations are magical. The capital city of Reykjavik has a few mosques where the joyous merrymaking takes place and guests come laden with food inspired by Indonesian, Egyptian, and Eritrean cuisines to celebrate this holy day.

Morocco: In Morocco, Eid al-Fitr festivities give center stage to the country’s colourful culinary dishes. Where other countries focus on gift-giving and more commercialised displays of celebrations, Moroccans, after their morning prayers, hold low-key foodie affairs with family and friends. Lamb, couscous, and prunes feature prominently in meals throughout the day, followed by traditional cookies and pastries.

These are just a few examples of how Eid al-Fitr is celebrated around the world. Regardless of the specific customs and traditions, the holiday is a time for joy, forgiveness, and a renewed commitment to one’s faith and community.

Eid is a significant festival that is celebrated around the world by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It is a time of joy, celebration, and gratitude and is an opportunity to reflect on the values of Islam, such as compassion, generosity, and forgiveness. It is a time to strengthen ties with family, friends, and the community and to express thanks for the blessings that one has received throughout the year.

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