The holiday ended a few days ago, but we’re still in the festive mood, so we had to write on the just concluded Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is a festival observed by Muslims all over the world to celebrate the conclusion of the holy month of fasting (Ramadan).
The celebration of this festival not only has religious essence but also carries a social connotation. Muslims on these days wear their best clothes and offer a congregational prayer (Eid Prayer) at the mosque. This year’s festival was celebrated on June 15th and everyone looked ravishing.
Muslimahs opt for different outfits on Eid festival – from traditional to modern, stylish yet following spiritual rules.
Here are a few ways to look your best while celebrating the special occasion.
Abaya is a loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress worn by women in parts of the Arab world. A traditional abaya is usually black with sequins or emroidery at the hem and a veil or scarf.
Abaya is no longer just for women in the Arab world as women from other countries wear abaya. It has been transformed from the traditional garment to a style statement symbolizing grace, elegance and charm. You can add belts, pockets, and accessories to an abaya. It is a popular go-to outfit for women on Eid al Fitr festival because it is loose, comfortable and also elegant at the same time.
Apart from the abaya, Nigerian Muslimahs are also known for wearing gorgeous and colourful ankara styles on Eid festival. Bellas get creative with their styles worn on this day.
What’s a Muslim celebration without a hijab or turban? Most women are very detailed with their scarves and head wrap as most of them are usually embellished or not. During the Eid-al-Fitr festival, the scarf or turban is a very necessary item in a woman’s ensemble.
One of the major traditions Muslim women follow is putting on henna tattoos on their hands, arms and sometimes even their feet. Henna tattoo application is a major part of beautification during Eid-al-Fitr celebration. Although it’s a dark brownish/blackish color at first, after the herbal paste is dried and washed, it leaves a reddish brownish/blackish stain behind. Because it is only a stain and not a permanent alteration of the skin/body it is allowed in Islam.
What’s your favourite type of Muslimah outfit?
Written by Kasumu Damilola.