After a month of Ramadan discipline and sacrifice, it’s time to celebrate Eid! While having Ramadan during the early summer can be challenging – as if waiting until sundown to eat isn’t tough enough, we’ve got to do it at a time of year when Canada has its longest daylight hours – a summertime Eid is sheer delight! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the beginning of summer than a festive Eid barbecue!
Here are our top tips for a successful outdoor bash:
Get Your Guests
When it comes to the question of whether or not to invite non-Muslims to Eid (or Ramadan) celebrations, we say it’s your party, and you can invite whomever you want to!
If you are inviting non-Muslims, especially if it’s their first Eid party, it’s always nice to give them a rundown of what to expect. For example, you might want to let them know it’s an alcohol-free party; that if they’re bringing a dish, they should keep it pork-free and halal; whether kids are invited; or whether gifts will be exchanged. We’ve got some great tips on educating non-Muslim friends on what the Ramadan season is all about on the Living Halal blog over here.
Set the Scene
The right decorations are key when it comes to elevating your event from family gathering to holiday party. Play with the traditional Eid motifs of lanterns, moons and stars. The combo of metallic decorations and soft lighting will make the whole scene sparkle! You can buy inexpensive paper lanterns, or make your own if you’re feeling crafty. Electric tealights make a great safe alternative to traditional candles, and if you’re strapped for time, stringing fairy lights around the area will give you the same effect in a snap.
And since food is the focus of a successful Eid BBQ, make sure you set the table to show off all your hard culinary work! Colourful, disposable paper plates help bring colour to your table and make post-party clean-up so much easier.
Finding Eid-specific decorations can be tricky, especially if you don’t live in a major city, but Ramadan Joy, Modern Eid and, of course, Pinterest have some great ideas for the DIY crowd. You can even get friends and family to help you out by hosting a party prep pre-party!
First, check with guests to see if there are any dietary restrictions that should be catered to. Nothing puts a damper on a celebration like an allergic reaction!
People celebrate Eid all over the world, so there are tons of different traditional Eid foods out there for you to try! Al Jazeera has a great interactive map that shows you the foods people eat at Eid parties from Moscow to Malaysia.
An Eid BBQ is a great way to bring a dose of summer Canadiana to your Eid festivities. BBQing season is short in Canada, so we like to take advantage of all the opportunities to grill that we can! BBQ kebabs right next to burgers and you can have traditional Eid foods alongside modern ones.
And most importantly, don’t forget dessert! Eid ul-Fitr is also known as “sweet Eid,” so it’s important to satisfy the sweet tooths out there. Keep the BBQ theme alive through the whole meal by grilling up fruits like pineapples, mangoes, peaches and plums, which can be eaten on their own, or served with ice cream or frozen yogurt. You can even bring the sweetness of sweet Eid to the main courses by having fruit chutneys and sweet sauces to serve alongside burgers, kebabs and chicken sausages. For a cross between a kebab and a chicken sausage, check out our sister site’s recipe for Spicy Ultimate Corn Dogs.