Aidilfitri Across Five Muslim Nations

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Aidilfitri Across Five Muslim Nations

As the crescent moon signals the end of Ramadan, Muslims worldwide rejoice in the festival of Aidilfitri, marking the culmination of a month of fasting, prayer and reflection. Across the globe, from the vibrant streets of Turkiye to the serene mosques of Yemen, from the historic landmarks of Egypt to the bustling cities of Kuwait and Malaysia, this joyous occasion is celebrated with fervour, unity and a deep sense of renewal.

Let’s take a look at how the festivities are observed:

  1. Turkiye: Embracing heritage with a modern twist

 

In Turkiye, Aidilfitri is known as “Ramazan Bayramı”, a time of family reunions, traditional festivities and generous hospitality. Homes are adorned with colourful lights and decorations while families gather for special meals featuring delectable Turkish delicacies such as baklava, börek and kebabs. Streets come alive with cheerful celebrations as people exchange greetings and gifts. In recent years, there has been a beautiful blend of traditional customs and modern celebrations, with public events, concerts as well as charitable activities adding to the festive spirit.

 

Signature dishes:

  • One of the most iconic dishes during Eid in Turkiye is “İçli Köfte,” a mouthwatering blend of minced meat, bulgur and spices, wrapped in a doughy shell and deep-fried to perfection. 

  • Another favourite is “Baklava,” a sweet pastry made of layers of filo dough, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

 

  1. Yemen: Encapsulating community and compassion

In Yemen, Aidilfitri is celebrated with a deep sense of community and compassion. Families begin their day with prayers at the mosque, followed by visits to relatives and neighbours, where traditional Yemeni dishes like “mandi” and “salta” are shared with joy. Despite facing challenges, Yemenis come together to exchange greetings, distribute charity to the less fortunate and foster a spirit of unity that transcends hardships. Eid in Yemen is a reminder of the resilience and generosity of its people.

Signature dishes:

  • “Mandi” is a famous traditional Yemeni dish consisting of rice, meat (usually lamb or chicken), and a blend of aromatic spices, cooked in a tandoor oven for a distinctive flavour. 

  • “Salta” is a hearty stew made with meat, vegetables and spices, often served with a dollop of fenugreek foam and eaten with flatbread.

  1. Egypt: Preserving heritage and spirituality

In Egypt, Aidilfitri is a time-honoured tradition deeply rooted in the country’s rich heritage and Islamic faith. Egyptians start their day with prayers at mosques, followed by the traditional “Eid breakfast” featuring dishes like “foul medames” and “ta’meya.” Families dress in their finest attire, children receive gifts and money, and streets are filled with music, laughter and the aroma of festive foods. Amidst ancient monuments and bustling markets, Egyptians celebrate Eid with a profound sense of spirituality, gratitude and cultural pride.

Signature dishes:

  • “Foul Medames” is a dish made from fava beans cooked with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, often served with bread or pita. 

  • “Ta’meya,” also known as falafel, is a fried ball or patty made from ground fava beans or chickpeas, mixed with herbs and spices and served with tahini sauce.

 

  1. Kuwait: Commemorating diversity and generosity

In Kuwait, the festivities begin with prayers at mosques, followed by family gatherings where traditional Kuwaiti dishes such as “machboos” and “gabout” are savoured with delight. Kuwaitis extend hospitality to friends and even strangers, sharing meals, sweets and gifts as expressions of generosity and goodwill. Eid in Kuwait reflects the nation’s commitment to unity, diversity and the values of compassion and generosity cherished in Islam.

Signature dishes:

  • “Machboos” is a flavourful rice dish cooked with meat (usually chicken, lamb or fish), seasoned with a blend of spices including cardamom, cloves and saffron, served with a side of tomato sauce or yoghurt. 

  • “Gabout” is a traditional Kuwaiti dessert made from fried dough soaked in sugar syrup, often flavoured with rosewater or saffron.

(Source: Cookpad.com)

  1. Malaysia: Bridging traditions and modernity

Aidilfitri also known as Hari Raya begins with prayers at mosques, just like in other Muslim countries, followed by the “Salam Raya” ritual. It is when the young shake the hands of the old to ask for forgiveness for all the faults or offences they might have caused throughout the year. After that, the iconic Malaysian tradition of “open houses” begins, where people of all backgrounds are welcomed with warmth and hospitality. Malaysian homes are adorned with colourful decorations such as curtains and Raya lights (pelita, colourful LED lamps) as the air is filled with the sounds of laughter, music and fireworks. Eid in Malaysia symbolises the nation’s harmonious blend of tradition, diversity and innovation.

Signature dishes:

  • One of the most beloved Eid dishes in Malaysia is “Rendang,” a rich and spicy meat dish cooked with coconut milk and a blend of aromatic spices, simmered until tender and flavourful. 

  • Another favourite is “Ketupat,” a traditional rice cake wrapped in woven palm leaves and served with a variety of accompaniments such as beef or chicken rendang, peanut sauce and sliced cucumbers.

All in all across Turkiye, Yemen, Egypt, Kuwait and Malaysia, Aidilfitri is more than just a festival — it’s a celebration of faith, family and community. From ancient rituals to contemporary customs, Muslims around the world come together to renew their spirits, strengthen bonds of kinship and spread joy and compassion to all. As the crescent moon shines bright, may the spirit of Aidilfitri inspire unity, generosity and love for all humanity. 

Let us also take a moment to extend our heartfelt prayers and solidarity to our fellow Muslims in Palestine. In the midst of their trials and tribulations, may they find solace, strength and peace during this blessed occasion. 

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Eid Mubarak from all of us at MyRehat!

 

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