A Sensory Eid: A Guide to the 5 Senses on Eid
A Guide to the 5 Senses on Eid
From Sri Lankan photographer Easa Shamih - http://bit.ly/17jZIVk - CC by 3.0
The month before found us eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Ramadan crescent. We have completed a journey through an entire moon cycle of introspection and refinement to find ourselves, once again, searching for the new month’s crescent. Only this time we’re searching the skies for the news of Eid-al-Fitr.
We are committed to sharing ideas that create joyous and festive Eid memories for you and your family. With our five senses forging the pathways into our memories, we bring you our guide to what we hope is a super sensory Eid experience this year for you. Creating that atmosphere of wonder and awe on Eid day takes more than just great food or fun decorations, it takes all our senses. Take a moment to reflect on different ways to use all of our senses to create experiences that we can share with our friends and family.
Dazzle your taste buds with flavors of light crispy bakes and delicious melt-in-your mouth crescent cookies. The sensation of taste creates a lasting sweetness that your family will remember for years to come insha'Allah. Remember your grandma’s cinnamon cookies? It’s time to make them!
Crescent Cookie Classics
Or for something fruity and fun :)
From Hamed Saber - "The photo contains orange, lemon, strawberry and banana jelly i made for Eftar (Iftar)."
http://bit.ly/16kZtw4 - CC by 3.0
Creating a festive ambience is especially linked to the sounds within a space. Set the tone for this Eid by having a playlist of cheerful tracks to add background texture to your memory making. Play it softly in the kitchen as your family enjoys their breakfast. Or even better, have the family sing their very own special Eid songs. If you don’t have one – write one! There is always room to create your own family Eid traditions through song.
Have you created your playlist for Eid Day?
Take time out from your rushing around to sit back and really see your family and friends in your home. It may be that you only have a few minutes to craft a visual memory of the blessings around you, so scan your home slowly taking in what you see. Take them on a quick trip to the prettiest place you know, pack a lunch and share it with them. There is nothing quite like sharing beautiful places with those you love. And beyond seeing your friends and family commit to seeing those around you who are struggling and less fortunate, don't turn away. Take the time to ask them if they need help and provide an ear that's willing to listen.
Go with your friends to your own "Perfect" spot
Scents have the power to instantly transfer us to a time or place that has since passed. Create olfactory associations by filling your house with fragrant flowers. The aroma of sweet baking adds a warm touch to a celebratory home. If you have an oud burner, use a couple of sticks especially reserved just for Eid. Give your house the aroma of Eid this year.
Light the Oud Burner for Eid
Or fill your house with bowls of Plumeria and other fragrant flowers
Plumeria from the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2013 by Sam Howzit - http://bit.ly/16GjWtf - CC by 3.0
Eid is a day of hugs and handshakes – of holding loved ones and strangers. Embrace the people you meet, the people you love and the people you don’t know. Make an intention that for every person you touch on this day, that light and love be passed from your heart to theirs. One of the most powerful communicators and healers is the power of touch. Use it and commit to healing the world around one small step at a time this coming year.
The ones you love
May this Eid be festive and beautiful – creating happy memories for years to come Insha'Allah!