Can you believe that this special occasion that we have been waiting for is just a couple of days away? Well, you should because Eid al-Fitr is just around the corner. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of fasting and Ramadan. In this moment of celebration, it is perfect to reconnect with the members of our extended family and more importantly to Allah SWT, with all His power and guidance. Surely, this Eid 1441 Hijri is more special. Alhamdulillah, we have gone through this Ramadan healthily.
Most countries around the world still maintain the stay-home policy which means that Eid al-Fitr this year will be celebrated differently. Most people are encouraged to stay home and avoid large gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, in most places, there will be no house visits or going to the mosques for prayers. However, that doesn't mean we can't get into the festive mood this year. We can still make Eid fun and enjoyable for the family.
Here are 10 ways to make Eid celebration FUN for your family this year!
Baking and cooking is the most fun way to get your family into doing an activity together. Besides, everyone loves a good meal. Furthermore, we can teach our children to cook or bake their own favorite dish so they will know more about the process. The process of making a dish could be a representation of the process in life, especially at this moment. While it could be messy, long or sometimes beautiful, at the end of the day, all of these efforts will be worthwhile. After all the work and waiting, we can finally enjoy the food.
Cooking and baking with children can be fun and yet enriching as you could teach them the value of patience during the process.
Here is a better idea, why not make a competition out of it? Everyone loves a little bit of spice in a competition. It is believed that competition could also motivate us. Try baking some Kuih Raya or whip up some traditional Hari Raya dish at home! This could be a fun activity for the family especially for children.
Let's get into the festive mood and liven up the atmosphere by decorating our homes. You can definitely find and purchase decorations for Eid through online shopping. However, you can also make your own decorations by doing some research online and following tutorials on online platforms like YouTube. Some decoration examples are Ramadan paper banners, origami star and crescent moon, and door hangers. Awaken the artsy side of your family and be sure to make everyone at home participate in this lovely activity!
What's more fun than playing games? Playing games is the best activity to do with your family, especially those who love competition. However, it may be difficult to choose the best games that are both fun and enriching for our children. It is also hard to keep them away from their mobile phones and tablets. Let us take this opportunity to bring back classic games that can enrich our children without the use of mobile phones or tablets.
Who will be the ultimate winner?
Getting in touch with our family is essential during this pandemic, especially on Eid al-Fitr. Practicing social distancing does not mean that we should cut off or avoid talking to our extended family members who are not living with us. Instead, we should always stay in touch with them and constantly keep a lookout for each other. These days, tightening bonds (silaturahim) between the family could be done just by having a simple video call. This has made the process of tightening bonds virtually between the family easier. You could ring each member of your family and have a group conversation with them through group video calls with ease.
There are also some possible activities worth trying while doing video calls with certain online applications, like playing games or streaming a movie together.
Ramadan is not only the month of fasting and prayers but also a time to do zakat and sadaqah, as a hadith says,
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
There are many types of charity in Islam, but the two most important are zakat and sadaqah. Zakat is the third Pillar of Islam and sadaqah is a sunnah charity.
There are plenty of available mobile applications and platforms that provide online charity services. In addition, many orphanages can also receive zakat or sadaqah through fund transfers, so you no longer have to go out to perform charity.
Sharing stories to our children about Islam, Ramadan and Eid history could be very meaningful and educational. Ramadan is a month of self-purification where we abstain ourselves from sins. We fast, refraining ourselves from unpleasant language, bad behavior, and other sinful actions. We also try to do good deeds like zakat, sadaqah, do more prayers, as well as finish reading the Holy Quran. We can share with our children about the benefits of fasting, zakat and sadaqah so that they will understand more about Ramadan and its meaning.
As parents, we should also share the history of Islam and Eid. This is so that our children will have a better understanding of the significance of Eid al-Fitr and why we are celebrating it.
Eid celebration could be fun with your children if you let out their creative sides. There's no denying that children love drawing, coloring, and creating things. Let their imaginations run by having a DIY Ramadan card making this Eid. Imagine all those glitters and colorful papers.
You could assign your children to makes as many cards as possible for each member of the family, from their siblings, parents to grandparents. Furthermore, you could also have it mailed or better still, upload it on social media and tag the recipient of the cards.
There are a lot of Ramadan card ideas available online as a reference for you and your family so do not worry!
Getting your children to come up with a Ramadan performance could also be the best idea for Eid. Why? Firstly, you could record it and share it with your extended family or friends over social media. Second of all, your children could learn more about Ramadan, Eid, and Islam as they do more research to prepare for the performance.
Some of our Ramadan performance ideas for you include storytelling and singing Islamic songs.
Note: You could ask your children to do this performance on their own or it could be done together as a family. Don't forget to record the performance on your phones or cameras!
It never hurts to spend time with our family during Eid by watching Islamic-themed movies. This could vary from animation to real figures. Watching movies could be fun, relaxing, and educational. Make sure to pick the best Ramadan movies that can be discussed once the movie is over. Some of the best Ramadan or Islamic-themed movies include the Stories of the Prophets available on Youtube, the White Balloon and Children of Heaven.
Trying to khatam Al-Quran as a team could be a fun activity to do to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Reading Al-Quran is an ibadah and there are a lot of virtues, pahala, and benefits reciting it. It also calms our minds.
الَّذينَ آمَنوا وَتَطمَئِنُّ قُلوبُهُم بِذِكرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلا بِذِكرِ اللَّهِ تَطمَئِنُّ القُلوبُ
“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah, hearts are assured”
(Surah Ar-Ra’ad, 13:28)
Taking turns like a relay in reciting Al-Quran could be one of the best things to do as a team. Not only does this activity help us get closer to each of our family members, but it also teaches everyone in the family the value of teamwork. This activity could be a fun yet enriching experience for the whole family this Eid.
That is all for our list of fun activity ideas you can do at home during Eid al-Fitr amidst the Covid-19 situation. Now, a fun Eid celebration is more likely to be achieved. Yay! Take the liberty to adjust to these ideas. Have a wonderful Eid al-Fitr!