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Eid Around the Region: How We Celebrate in Style?

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It’s that time of the year again. Eid Al-Adhaa is just round the corner; the moment where families gather round a succulent day-lasting meal, cousins get up to no good while everyone is trying to somehow be on their best behaviour. 

As one of the most important celebrations of the year, Eid Al-Adhaa can almost literally be translated to the “Feast of the Sacrifice” but is also commonly known as Eid Al-Kebir meaning “The Big Holiday ” owing to its utmost religious significance. 

Ideal moment to be rocking your favourite fits, for some more traditional than for others, this year is about to be a tad different. We’re taking our celebrations to the next level. Alongside Italian retailer Yoox, we’re spicing our fits up and sporting some of our favourite designers. 

Still unsure what you’re wearing for the occasion? We’ve got you covered. But not before taking the opportunity to explore the plethora of Eid traditions visible around the region. 

From North Africa to the Gulf passing through our Levantine peers, here’s a quick sneak-peak on how some countries differ in Eid traditions and practices – and the fits you can sport through it all.

Morocco 

As for most countries in the region, Eid in Morocco usually starts by wearing your cleanest Djellaba as you would head straight to the mosque for the usual annual sermon. After that, men will be in charge of dealing with the sacrifice of often a sheep or goat while women will be supervising the cooking endeavours serving some of the most delicious and mouthwatering of delicacies namely Mechoui (Moroccan Style Barbecue), Mrouzia (Lamb and Prune tagine) or Batbout to name just a few. 

Jordan 

Jordanian celebrations of Eid Al-Adhaa are very similar to those of Palestine. As estimates of the number of Palestinians in Jordan tend to reach 60 to 70% of the overall population, it is quite safe to say that the two have a lot in common. Quite expressive with their celebrations, houses are heavily decorated whilst the whole family gathers at a designated house to share this special moment together. Mansaf, a rice based-dish combining lamb, almonds, fermented yogurt spiced with cardamom, cumin and saffron is the one meal typically eaten during celebratory times and to absolutely not miss if you ever happen to be around during this special time of the year. 

Libya 

Eid Al-Adhaa in Libya is a three-day marathon in which everyone caters for everyone in the most brotherly of ways. The first two days of celebration are usually dedicated to the sacrifice and family while the third belongs to sharing greetings (and food obviously) with friends and neighbours. Regardless of the political atmosphere, governments competing over power and years of despair, Libyans will always find ways of creating happiness for Eid no matter what. 

Oman

Just like most countries in the region, Eid traditions in the Sultanate tend to be centred around food, family and friends. Although the recent pandemic has dampened the spirit this year with the recent announcement of a lockdown for the celebrations this year, we are adamant that the country’s typical helwa, heavenly sweets, and appetizing lamb chops will make up for it all. 

Here’s what to wear on any occasion.

Outfit 1

Moiré-Print Cut-Out Long Dress

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Leather Square Toe Spool-Heel Sandals

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Outfit 2

Moiré Puff Sleeve Blouse

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Black Leather Pants

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Leather Lace-Up Thong

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Outfit 3

Pleated Kimono Mini Dress

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Satin Square Toe Sandals

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Outfit 4

Rib-Knit One-Shoulder Top

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Printed Satin Midi Skirt

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Leather Square Toe Sandals

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Outfit 5

Rib Cotton Knit Top

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Satin Midi Skirt

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Leather Platform Wedge

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