Eid Al-Fitr 2018

Hello beautiful people!

Today, I celebrated one of my favorite holidays of the entire year - Eid! Of course everyone celebrates Eid however they want to, but this post will be about what I did this Eid, what I wore, and a little bit about the holiday too!

Eid Al-Fitr

There are 2 Eid's every year, but the first one is called Eid al-Fitr. It marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Ramadan lasts 29-30 days and Muslims all around the world participating in it fast from sunrise to sunset. This year the fast was about 16 hours long in Washington! Even though Ramadan sounds super challenging, it's usually every Muslim persons favorite time of the year. It's a time to give up your cravings and desires for a greater purpose. It's also a time where the entire Muslim community (almost all 1 billion of us) are celebrating something together so it's a HUGE sense of unity! After the month is done, we all attend Eid prayer together in our nicest and newest clothes. Here's what I did this Eid!

My Eid Outfit

Below are some pictures of what I wore this Eid! I love wearing Pakistani clothes every chance I get so that's what I decided to wear. This outfit was a silver/gray velvet color and was custom tailored in Pakistan. The embroidery on it is all from ribbons and is very delicate and sweet. I loved the gentle colors of this outfit and how royal it made me feel! The scarf/shawl that is paired with the outfit is real silk and has mini pearls that border or outline it. The pants I'm wearing are actually from Zara hehe. I didn't like the velvet pants this outfit came from so I decided to wear my favorite trousers from Zara with it and I think they looked just as cute if not even more! My shoes are from Sam Edelman and were an Eid gift to myself!

How I Celebrated

Eid is a super big family holiday for us! I loved waking up, getting ready, and having breakfast with my family. We headed to the Eid prayer our mosque was hosting near by. There, I was able to see all of my Muslim friends and our family friends and wish them "Eid Mubarak" which means something like "Happy Eid". It was awesome getting to see everyone, catch up, and celebrate the end of Ramadan. After the prayer, my family came home and began calling all of our relatives one by one to wish them a happy Eid too!

After that, I went to pick up my new iPhone! I've been needing a new phone forever and I thought what better way to celebrate Eid than to do it with a new phone haha. I'm loving my new phone so far and am SO happy I finally did it! On my way back home, I stopped by my favorite local flower stand and picked up a handmade bouquet for my mom. She loves flowers and it makes me so happy to see her smiling at them everyday. I got it custom made with lots of tulips since she loves those!

When I came home, I saw that Farjad had sent over my favorite chocolates (Frans Chocolates) and was SO surprised! He's always the best at surprising me when I least expect it. His family also sent over a package for my family the day before filled with chocolates, an Indian outfit for me, a bow tie for Baby Boy, and some other cute things. It totally made my day!

A little while after this, my family headed to have brunch! It was this new Lebanese place I've never been to before and the food was DELISH! I was super impressed by the food and the staff and service! Also loveeeed the starters and appetizers. I'm a huge apps kinda gal and tried like 4 different ones haha! We ate slowly and enjoyed each others company. We also traded gifts and Eidi (the monetary allowance elders give kids or younger people on Eid). I was super happy to recieve a Nordstrom gift card from my older sister and Sephora goodies from my younger sister! We all know both of those brands are my favorite! When we left the restaurant we took a bunch of family pics because the view outside it was beautiful and it was a really nice day out too (a huge deal for Seattle lol)! Then we basically came home, drank some chai, relaxed, and spent the rest of the evening catching up and joking around.

Eid Mubarak to YOU

All in all, this Eid was amazing! Being engaged, I think this may be one of the very few Eids I have left where I'm living with my parents so I really wanted to spend it with them. I'm happy I got to do just that. I'm someone that's very close to my family and friends so holidays are always spent around them. How was your Eid? How did you spend your time and more importantly, what did you wear? I hope your Friday was great regardless!

- Aani

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