Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Eid is meant to celebrate the end of Ramadan (read about the holy month here!) You've probably seen 'Eid Mubarak' on your Instagram and Twitter feeds, it's the standard that means “have a blessed Eid.”
It's a time for celebration, joy, family, food and so much more. Culture and ethnicity play a huge part in the lives of Muslims, so every household looks a little different. However, the feeling is very much the same. The exchange of money and gifts between family and friends, prayer, gatherings around food, and new clothes are traditions shared by many Muslims. Eid is a time when Muslims show gratitude to God by various charities and philanthropic efforts. It is also a time when ideally, Muslims forgive those who have wronged them and embrace closure, The idea of fasting, paired with the celebration is a combination that makes for the "turning over of a new leaf".
While Muslims are very much encouraged to care for others throughout the year and especially during Ramadan and Eid, there is also a huge emphasis on self-care and self-improvement. Part of that focus on the care of oneself culminates in the dressing up and pampering that happens in the Muslim community. Basically, Eid is a time to strut your stuff, and look and feel your best. I, myself, went for a more causal look. Eid falling during this season means beautiful, breezy looks that can be created for virtually any engagements you've got this summer. Cultural influences with the fabrics and colours are present. Muslim Twitter along with the rest of the diaspora online did not disappoint. Here are some of the looks we're obsessed with this Eid, and some major inspo for the next one.
Special thanks to the people who shared their looks with us! Eid Mubarak!!
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