Have Yourself a Very Multi-Cultural Eid!

Have Yourself a Very Multi-Cultural Eid!

Written by Gracie Lawrence
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Eid! Who knew three letters could pack such a punch.

What does it mean to a lot of people? Well, for some it conjures up memories of seeing loved ones, going to early prayer at the mosque and eating certain traditional sweets.

Unfortunately for many converts, who grew up celebrating different holidays, we may not feel as connected to this happy occasion. We may still painfully cling to lingering images of our own childhood, collecting colorful eggs in baskets or throwing tinsel and garlands on trees, and you know what … that is okay.

It is normal to psychologically associate feelings with memories triggered by events as these- times when we were closest to our families. We do our best to try and create new memories that can also similarly capture the feel good events of our past- whether with new Muslim friends, new spouses or growing families.

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And so we celebrate these Muslim holidays sometimes hesitant, not wanting to create bid’ah ( Also know as innovation in religion. Bid’ah in Islam is considered a deviation and a serious sin) and yet only familiar to celebrating holidays in a certain fashion, the way in which we were raised.

One area new to many converts that begin to mingle with Muslims outside of their culture is the Eastern cultural practice of Eidia or Eidie. Eidia is money that is handed to women or children during Eid that can range from a few cents to hundreds of dollars and is given as a gift instead of an actual present wrapped in ribbons and bows.

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Generally reserved for family including extended family members- depending on the culture it may also include neighborhood children that visit houses door to door wishing happy Eid in exchange for a few cents.

For new converts, depending on their own cultural upbringing, it can be strange to see people pass out money- generally, much effort and consideration is put into finding a loved one an actual object that we believe may be cherished or enjoyed.

In fact, in many circles handing out money may be seen as kind of insulting– a kind of whoops, we forgot about you – so here is some cash or the awkward … don’t know you so well third cousin, once removed, here, have a gift card.

This “cash-as-an-after-thought present” is not the perception in many Eastern cultures where the extra money can be used not only in the purchase of the rare indulgent treat of choice, but more often than not, as money that can be used to fulfill a basic need (such as paying an electric bill) or fulfill other social obligation … such as giving your Eidie money or Eidia to someone younger or more in need than yourself.

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Kids will be lining up all “Happy Eid good sir…..”

However you chose to celebrate the upcoming holiday, sharing tokens of friendship and kindness that puts happiness in the heart of another Muslim is always a good deed pleasing to Allah.

So if you are a converts, don’t look down on someone who is handing out cash. If you are a born Muslims, understand the consideration that went into a finding the right gift, if it is not cash.

However you decide to spread cheer, whether you choose to do that through passing homemade sweets, treating another with a thoughtfully wrapped gift, passing out Eidia or just sending smiles, salams and a “Happy Eid”, it always tends to make the season bright.

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This Eid let’s take time to reflect, be grateful for what we have been blessed with, praise Allah, and enjoy.

 

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14 thoughts on “Have Yourself a Very Multi-Cultural Eid!

  1. I love this article … as a convert myself I always try to be grateful and count my blessings at all times of the year but when Eid comes around my kids and I like receiving money … we get to buy what we want or need with the money and it really comes in handy in the hard times. The first year we were given money it was really strange but we learned quickly to embrace it.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Eid really is a very special time. I am sure having the kids receive money is also probably good practice for learning how to budget and take care of money too.

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  2. Meh overrated holiday especially from introvert’s viewpoint and not mention loaded with materialistic trash but whatever Happy Eid Ya’ll…

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    1. Happy Eid, Hyde. Does everything have to be looked at with such harshness? To your mind, is there any joy or wonder worth preserving?

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      1. Bye the way, just found out, that wretch gloria steinem was well verse in Rockefeller money when she become a mainstream feminist…makes you wonder why the elite are so in favor of feminism and sexual “revolution”.

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      2. I think a lot of us can relate to what you are saying- at the same time one way we can show gratefulness and appreciation for what Allah has blessed us with is by enjoying the good and inviting other to join with us- I call it Muslim fellowship lol and I encourage you to try it with an open heart and with fresh faces, to heal your wounds and put peace in your heart. I wish that for myself as well.

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  3. Eid mubarak dear islamwich family! May Allah forgive our sins and make our days blessed. Count our blessings and remember our brothers and sisters in Palestine! Make doa for them please.

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    1. Ameen! Mrs. B. Eid Mubarak from our family to yours. Hope your celebration was blessed and joyous. We can never forget our family in Falasteen. Our hearts and duas are with them always.

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  4. I recall being handed eidie as a child. These days however I tend to buy eid gifts for everyone. Thank you for a beautiful blog. I am looking forward to reading itانشا ء الله

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