Eid al-Fitr, a celebration to mark the end of Ramadan, is a highly anticipated date on the UAE calendar. This year, the traditional festivities will officially begin on the evening of Wednesday 12 May and end the following evening. The joyful holiday spirit will continue over a long weekend, as UAE residents have been granted a five-day break to share with family and friends.
A time of feasting, charity, and dressing up, Eid al-Fitr also centers around gift-giving. Next, we have some thoughtful and fun ideas for treating your loved ones with generosity during this special time.
Dress for the occasion
Taking the time to dress well is part of the Eid tradition. In times gone by, men would purchase a new kandoora or refresh an existing one by dyeing it, and women would braid their hair, apply henna and perfume, and dress themselves and their children in new clothing.
Half the fun of dressing well is the shopping experience, and the UAE is a unique destination with local designers sharing floorspace with international labels. Opting to use e-wallets when visiting fashion stores and boutiques opens you up to a world of discounts, and keeps you wallet-free while you’re on the go.
Giving generously to those in need is a staple during the month of Ramadan, culminating in Zakat. In some regions, donations of cash or grains are encouraged. In the technologically advanced Gulf region, it’s now possible to make charitable donations using a QR code or direct transfer. Taking advantage of this via the digital wallet app means your donation will get where it needs to go faster, bringing aid to those who need it sooner.
Gift-giving is one of the most enjoyable traditions of Eid al-Fitr, but it can come with a little pressure: how do you choose the perfect gift?. Here, we think the perfect gift is allowing your loved ones to choose exactly what they want when they want it. That’s easily achieved by making a simple transfer using payit app, and gifting your recipient with an amount of money that is credited immediately to their account. There’s no time limit on when they can spend it or what they can spend it on: it is literally the perfect gift.
Sumptuous breakfasts with friends and family are the best way to kick off Eid al-Fitr, and there’s good news for those with a sweet tooth too. Desserts, candies, and pastries will make up much of the menu over the five days – it’s no mistake that Eid al-Fitr is also known as ‘sweet Eid’.
Sharing meals is a great way to spend quality time with family members, friends, and the wider community. Take a break from the kitchen and hosting at home by heading out to a favorite restaurant. When the bill comes, check your payit app for a discount, and split the bill effortlessly using the app’s Split Payment function.