Eid al Fitr is an important date in the Muslim calendar as it marks the end of Ramadan. It marks the end of a month of fasting. It also marks the end of the most spiritual month is the Muslim Calendar. Eid al Fitr is not to be confused with Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is the big Eid celebrated 40 days after the end of Ramadan. Tune in for more information about this celebration soon.
So what is it? What are the traditions? What does it entail? How is it celebrated in Morocco?
Charitable donations during Eid al Fitr
Charitable donations during Eid al Fitr are called Zakat al Fitr. It is also one of the five pillars of Islam. The donations can come in all form (money, food, clothing…) but it is mainly staple food that is given out. The idea is that even the poorest can celebrate this holy day.
Prayers during Eid al Fitr
The first couple of prayers of the day are no different from the others performed during the year. However, the third must be carried out as a group. It cannot be done alone. People usually gather in mosques. There are plenty of mosques in the Medina. The most famous mosque in Fez is the Quaraouine Mosque. The mosque happens to be located only 5min walking distance from the Palais Amani. It also houses the oldest university in the world.
Food during Eid al Fitr
The preparation for the meal of Eid al Fitr is started days prior.
Bread is very important in the Moroccan culinary culture. Two types of crepes are made. Baghrir and Mesmenare always accompanied by honey, butter, mint tea and other delicacies, usually had during breakfast. Pastries are also consumed in abundance such as feqqas, chebaquia, briouats…
Eid al Fitr is a time for family. They all gather around a big tajine and eat with a special Moroccan bread called khobz. Follow this link to our blog to find our tested and approved recipe for Moroccan bread. If you want to try out some of our easy to follow and guaranteed delicious recipe for our chicken tajine follow this link.
Eating at Eden restaurant during Eid al Fitr
Because we are entering summer time, our Eden restaurant hours are extended. If you wish to feed the soul as well as your stomach, join us for a guaranteed dream foodie experience of a lifetime…
NB 11th June 2019