A Qatari’s Eid

 I thought that some people may find it interesting to know what goes on in Eid with my family.

The children wake up early in the morning. Excited. Playing. Waiting for the day to start. It’s Eid! The adults lay slumbering in their beds and wake up around 8-9 am (after waking up in the early morning for prayers and going to bed). After a hearty breakfast which consists of eggs, olives, honey, cream cheese, bread, and tea, it’s off for a quick shower and everyone puts on their brand new clothes that were specifically bought for Eid.

Eid is about celebration and about looking your best for your family as well.

It’s off to prayer before heading off to Baba Oad’s (Grand Father) house. All of the 50-60 cousins, 6 aunts and 6 uncles (as well as a huge amount of indirect relatives) arrive. The women go off to the sitting room, the men go off to their sitting room, and the children run around the house.

The general banter is usually along the lines of, “When are you getting married?”, “Why haven’t you been visiting more often?”, “Are you working hard?”, and “What have you been doing these days?”.

Children will come around and ask for Eidiya. This could be anything from 1 QR to 10 QR (more if you really like them ;) ) and then go out to ‘Ayid’ to the neighbours by singing songs and getting a few riyals in return. It’s our form of ‘caroling’.

When the children get back, they sit around and count their new found fortunes and plan what they’re going to buy.

Soon enough, it’s time for the feast. We all sit around the floor and dig into a selected slaughter. It sounds kind of cruel to some, but it’s an animal that is killed the Halal way (the most humane method possible where the animal feels no pain). Rice, drinks, lamb or sheep and chit chat.

After washing our hands, we then return the sitting rooms where we have a nice cup of tea (mint, red, or saffron), and relax.

The adults then slowly each return to their homes or go off to make their rounds to other close friends and relatives and wish them a prosperous future. Kil sina wa inta tayeb or kil am wa int ibkhair (every year and you are fine) is repeated from individual to individual.

What we did was head off to a coffee shop where myself and cousins chatted about memories and teased each other. What I was thinking about this year was that it was sad that the new young generation will not get to experience Eid the way that we did. Not many go out to different homes and mix with other town kids. It’s sad. The price of modernization.

 

Note: This is just a memory from my personal experience. Also read ‘We’re not the Borg!


Photo by Jeff Epp

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  • Mrcruizy

    its almost the same as we celebrate Eid in our part of the world ( pakistan…precisely speaking PESHAWAR FATA )… i miss eid day the way we used to celebrate back home ..its really sad not having relatives around here. and its really sad not being able to celebrate Eid as it should be celebrated.. thanks a million MR.Q for writing and posting this..it really felt fantastic and i really felt home for a few mintues. thanks for such a wonderful write. and please post a bit more about Arabs. becuase what we see is not what it is in real i believe .. this was a realy informative blog.

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  • Abdulrahman

    Interesting; so you go to sleep after praying Eid prayer? Or do you just pray fajar? I must confess I have missed Eid prayer quite a few times over the past few years.

  • http://iloveqatar.net amnesia

    No I wake up for fajer, sleep, then salat al eid is any time before dhuhur.

  • dhanya jijo

    Eid mubarak. .n thanxx for sharing! :)

  • fisher man

    We used to do the same in Egypt
    but here the climate limitate most of the out door activities
    any way عيد سعيد for every one :)

  • Geles Rivera

    What a lovely post!! This year I lived my first Ramadan. I fasted to share it with my Muslim friends and I discovered the meaning of this special month. It was a great experience. Ramadan is not only fasting –as I thought- it is like a party. It means doing good actions, having good thoughts, praying, sharing, and joining family and friends everyday… The city was completely alive in the night!!

    And later, Eid arrived. It was some really endearing days. As per my experience, my friends’ stories and this wonderful post, there are some similar proceeding to Christmas days.

    Thank you for show us how you live these days. It was pleasing to read it.

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