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Your Perfectly Coordinated National Day

It’s all going to be red, white, green, and black this UAE National Day.

It’s National Day on 2 December, when we commemorate the day in 1971 when the seven emirates joined together to form the United Arab Emirates. All over the country, people will be celebrating with special events, fireworks and spectacular lights. But you don’t have to join the crowds to take part in the fun – why not host a fun colour-coordinated get-together with friends? 

Whether you choose a beach day, a sunshine picnic, or hosting at home, look no further than our edit of patriotic red, green, black and white items, from the cutest green glasses perfect for toasting to snacks and drinks honouring the culinary flavours of the United Arab Emirates.  

1. Beach Day

Now that the weather is so beautiful, you can enjoy the holiday with sun, sand and sea. A chilled out day at the beach is just what National day is all about. Time with family, friends and loved ones. Make it extra special and show off your national day colours with a few accent accessories. Pack your green maxi tote with a juicy book, ice cold drinks and chips. Add some nostalgia to your beach day with a lunchbox staple from the 80’s and 90’s. UAE’s very own Safari Chips has had a makeover and has dressed up its pouches in UAE’s National colours.  The Emirati chilli flavour with its aromatic blend of spices from the Middle East and Asia is sure to be a hit. The perfect tangy spice mix reminiscent of the UAE’s very own Falcon hot sauce. Add a stylish swimsuit and fun sunglasses and your National day at the beach is set! 

Our Picks:

Calvin Klein one shoulder colourblock swimsuit
Marina Rinaldi Scena solid asymmetrical cover up
Nike fundamental towel
Zara fabric maxi tote bag
Heart-shape sunglasses
Asos Design Jayme espadrille sandals
Safari Potato Grills – Chilli

2. Picnic

Head outdoors to one of UAE’s many beautiful parks for a picnic in the sun. All you need are your mates and a few games for a chilled afternoon lounging on the grass. Make sure you have enough blankets and shade and pack your basket with delicious cheeses, fruits, cold cut and Middle Eastern inspired minty Limonana.  If you are looking for a crowd pleasing snack that will keep everyone happy and is dairy, lactose and gluten free then add some Safari Chips to your picnic basket. It’s still the perfect flavour and crunch you remember from your childhood and just the companion for a fun day at the park. 

Our Picks

Homeworks 4-person willow picnic basket
Corkcicle canteen vacuum sport
Iron & Glory playing cards
Outdoor Picnic launch insulated thermo cooler bag
SPACEHW picnic table and chairs
Lansian mandala roundie mat
Safari Potato Grills – Hot & Sweet

3. Entertaining at Home

Bring National Day home by inviting friends and family around for an al fresco soirée. Dress up your home with red, green, white and black accessories, tableware and speciality teas from another homegrown UAE born brand Avantcha. Dish up delicious Emirati food like kabsa and quzi and turn up the nostalgia with a big sharing bowl of Safari Chips perfect for the young and young at heart.   

Our Picks:

Spal Tribeca bread plates
H&M wooden tray
Esteban Teck et Tonka scented bouquet triptyque
Kashida small noor candle holder
Avantcha Organic Collection gift box
Pottery Barn Cerise short red candle holder
Safari Potato Grills – Pizza

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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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