MAITHA AL OBEIDLI // @maitha.alobeidli
"Eid al-Fitr is the holy festival that marks the end of Ramadan. It is a special time for Muslims, usually to spend and have fun with family and friends."
Muslims around world are in mode of celebration. As Maitha puts it above, Eid al-Fitr, which translates to 'Festival of breaking the fast' is the day of celebration that comes right after the completion of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast(obstaining not just from food, but disliked acts from all five senses) from sunrise to sunset for approximately 29-30 days. A time of spiritual renewal and connecting to God; a time to center the soul and body. In the Islamic faith, it is believed that in the month of Ramadan the first revelation of the Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad(Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) by Angel Gabriel(in Arabic Jibril) as the last guidance to humanity.
Before the festivities begin, it's a common practice in the East for women on the night or a few days before Eid al-Fitr to get henna done on their hands and feet, most commonly. Other practices in modern day include spa days. The application of henna before the day of celebration is also a practice that has carried over to many parts of the world and being incorporated into cultures. But, that's just a start! Eid al-Fitr also entails wearing new or your best clothes. To some Muslim women this means days to weeks of thought on what to wear on this day! Depending on the cultural background and where one lives in the world, their might be a difference on how Muslims dress on this day. There is no one style of dress. Some might choose their traditional garbs, while others mix cultures or even experiment on a new look. In addition, some Muslim women might opt for more than one ensemble; one for outside and one for celebrations in the home or where the event is taking place. As part of our Eid Style Series, we spoke with Muslim women from different parts of the world who shared with us their reflections on the meaning of Eid al-Fitr and their personal styles worn on this celebratory day.
HAFSAH // @hafymo
"When it comes to an Eid outfit, your thought immediately goes to an abaya or your traditional outfit. I love my traditional outfit but I decided to switch it up this Eid with this outfit. I love this monochrome and the detailed sleeve on the top, it has to be my favorite part of the outfit."
NOVASARI PUTRI // @novasariputri
"I think everybody is always looking forward to Eid. For me, it's all about the food, celebration, and mostly spending some rare quality time with my big family and friends."
SARA OUNISSI // @saraeveryday
"Eid in France is not always that fun, especially when you don't have a lot of family to share it with. Thank God I have great friends and there is fashion! Dressing up for Eid was the most fun thing I had to do; finding the right outfit that matches my mood and the day, while my bestie was desperately advising me and waiting for me to go out for coffee."
FAROOQ SISTERS // @zanabfarooq
Eid! This is a day of indulgence in good food, fine dress, and great socialising with family and friends, but again with much emphasis on sharing with the poor and needy. It's also in a sense a huge “graduation” ceremony for Muslims who have just successfully completed a grueling month’s workshop in discipline-building and character development, which is the most essential and basic requirement for a successful, fulfilling and prosperous life. We take this opportunity to wish one and all a joyous and happy Eid. Looking at people dressing up and spending time with family makes us so happy. Eid Mubarak!"
HAF // @hafhmk
"For this Eid outfit, I wanted to wear something modest and original instead of the usual traditional style. As a French and a Parisian, I wanted to put forward the French style ( chic/black and white )from the 50's which I love and completely represents me . I was inspired by actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Romy Schneider. Chanel and Dior are my reference!"
ASHA MOHAMED // @ashiboooo
"My sisters and I love color and we thought what better way to showcase our personalities than through our clothing. We come from a rich African culture that is vibrant with colors and we hoped to portray that in our outfits this Eid. We love bright colors that pop but still represent us as individuals. As sisters we always try to coordinate our outfits together every Eid."
FOUZIA KAHN // @fouziakahndiaries
"As a designer, I took inspiration from the colors of Eid to make this beautiful dress for myself. It's an expression on the true shades of Eid. The dress is just part of the attention, the colorful play carries over to the gorgeous dupatta."
ANEEQAH RASDIEN // @aneeqah_r
"Eid is a joyous occasion of togetherness and love. We shower blessings upon each other and look good doing it."
AMINA // @aminamorx
"Celebrations on Eid have always been a big part of my life since childhood. My parents always made sure we got to celebrate. They start Eid prep a couple days before and the big day always entails a new outfit. My sisters and I every year receive traditional Pakistani outfits in a similar color scheme chosen by my mother. Not sure if it's to make sure we don't argue over outfits but I'm just glad it doesn't exactly denote twinning. My Eid style entails clothing that is comfortable yet stylish. This year I accessorized with a pair of tassel earrings and some gold bangles to match my outfit."
MAYAS ALI // @so_alive
"It's Eid! A time to sit with our extended family share our happiness and sorrows. This union has been always a part our lives. It makes us come together at one place, creates smiles on all our faces, and increases our love for each other. Everyone can rejoice and join in. All above, it's fashionably fun, everyone is encouraged to put on their most presentable outfits. It's a bless filled day with festivities, family moments, and jolly good food, leaving us rejuvenated and filled with warmth and also a very successful shopping!"
Written by Mariana Aguilera