What are Ramandan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha meaning: Muslims observe Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, each year. This festival commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This festival also marks the end of the very holy Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Learn more here Eid al adha meaning
When is Eid al-Adha 2020? Eid al-Adha in the United States begins the evening/sundown of Thursday, July 30th and ends Monday, August 3rd. Eid al-Adha 2020 or Bakra Eid 2020 is expected to be celebrated on Friday, July 31st.
Ramadan meaning: Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset. Click this link to learn more about it > Ramadan meaning
When is Ramadan 2021: Ramadan 2020 in the United States began in the evening of Thursday, April 23 and ended in the evening of Saturday, May 23, 2020. Ramadan 2021 is expected to begin on April 12, 2021 and will end with Eid al-Fitr around May 13, 2021 (dates vary based on lunar progression).
Check out our infographic on Ramadan and Eid here!
Since we love crafting as a means to reinforce learning, here are some fun craft ideas celebrating important symbols in Islam.
Crescent Moon Crafts
Why is the crescent moon and star significant for Islam?
According to "Faith symbols and their meanings", for Islam the crescent moon represents progress and the five pointed star, light and knowledge. The moon is the appointed sign of times, seasons, fast and feast, and governs the Islamic calendar.
1) Artsy Dinos “Celebrate Ramadan and Eid!” DIY Craft!
Our 3 wooden crafts include symbols of Islam such as crescent moon and star decorations, lanterns and a mosque. They are a great way to help kids decorate for Ramadan or Eid and learn about these important festivals. If you’re looking for crescent moon decorations, check out our Decorative Glass Blocks!
2) Pipe Cleaner Gift Toppers
3) Ramadan Themed Rice Krispies Treats
Little Life of Mine shows us a fun and easy way to make Ramadan snacks by shaping rice krispies into crescent moons and stars (don't forget the Halal marshmallows!)!
According to The Origin of the Ramadan Lanterns, any candle or lantern was indicated for a symbol of hope to light the way from the darkness. Ramadan lanterns are decorative lanterns crafted specifically for the holy month.
Fun fact: Lanterns of all sorts are hung throughout the Islamic cities; in the streets decorating cafes, store fronts, and homes. They are hung from the windows and balconies, on ropes across alleyways, the city glows with them creating a beautiful sea of light and colors, creating a beautiful and magical atmosphere.
4) Lantern Sun Catchers
5) Printable Lanterns
These cute lanterns have a printable template and need only colored paper, glue and scissors! Put a battery operated tea light in the middle for safety!
6) Tissue Lantern Craft
NurtureStore also shows us creative and gorgeous DIY Ramadan Lantern crafts!
Five Pillar Crafts
Muslims have five special beliefs that they follow, called the five pillars of Islam.
7) Five Pillar Decoration
Teach your kids about the Five Pillars while making this cute and easy mobile by NurtureStore! Practice some fun lettering and write each of the pillar names on the star and moon pieces!
8) Five pillar Folding Craft Sticks
Test your kids about the five pillars with their own diy customized folding craft sticks by A Crafty Arab!
9) DIY Good Deeds Tree
Honor the spirit of zakat and setting good habits by doing as many good deeds as possible! Little Wings Creative makes keeping track of your good deeds cute and easy!
For some more crafy fun!
10) Eid al-adha Ram Tube Crafts
Honor the sacrifice of the ram with this paper tube craft from HelloHolyDays!