With Eid El Fitr, the second most celebrated religious holiday in the Middle East after Ramadan, knocking on our doors, there are some things that you will definitely notice on the streets of Egypt or or take part in at your very own household. These things are as commonplace as talkative taxi drivers, and can sometimes be a bit absurd or extreme. Nevertheless, they’re very repetitive and normative for the Egyptian community that they’ve simply become unspoken acts of Eid rituals.
- Big Breakfast
No more Ramadan, we can eat in the morning without feeling like sinners. It’s time for mom’s infamous big breakfast, diverging from Foul and Ta3meya to toast and Nutella. It’s an all-you-can-eat kinda morning.
Surprisingly enough, almost every Egyptian becomes a dedicated drinker on Wa2fa night. A testimony to this would be the 10 ft. long queue lines outside the doors of Drinkies and other Liquor stores.
If you’re spending Eid with your family, it’s most likely that the entire family tree will be united at your household by the time Eid prayers are over. However, this can be more cherished with the presence of our next criteria; 3edeyya
You can’t move onto Eid from Ramadan with an empty wallet! All of your long distance relatives appreciate your tolerance of huge Eid family gatherings, and decide to reward you for it with some cash. So be nice, and stick to your family members for a while, even if you’re looking forward to your own party, Eid-style in a nightclub.
Everyone is migrating in cult masses to the North Coast. The highway is as crowded as school playgrounds after the bell rings. Everyone wants a beach to chill along with their Trance playlist and Stella beer.
Aah, now we can take our clothes off and indulge that sweet feeling of beach breeze on our thighs. They come in multicolours too; Sahel boys are particularly fond of them.
That fat-cramped savory baked goodness with powdered sugar so randomly and creatively sprinkled on it is the national dessert of Eid holidays. As much as it feels like you’re chewing on cement because it keeps getting stuck between your teeth, everyone loves it!
- No Sleep
See, Eid is also when everybody lets the party animal in them go loose. With late nights in Sahel or Gouna bars, family gatherings in the morning, and beach sessions in the afternoon, there’s little chance for one to get proper sleep. So, everyone resorts to the logical solution of Tatbee2; staying awake for consecutive days to trick your body into thinking sleep is redundant.