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Eid al-Fitr 2023 is approaching, and Muslims worldwide are preparing to celebrate the joyous and triumphant day when the faithful claim the ultimate prize: their return to a state of purity.
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in various ways and with distinct customs in each country. However, a prevalent tradition observed on the day of Eid is known as Eidi. This tradition provides an opportunity for the younger generation to partake in the festivities while also gaining valuable life lessons through receiving monetary gifts from their elders.
Here is a guide to help you start the tradition of giving Eidi to the younger members of your family or community.
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Eidi is a tradition where the older generation provides monetary gifts to the younger generation in their family and community, particularly during the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The term Eidi is short for Eidiyah, which is derived from two Arabic words: “Eid” and “hadiyah,” meaning “Eid gifts.” Other names used for this custom include Eidiya and Green Envelope.
Eidi as a tradition
Eidi, also known as Eidiyah, is a popular tradition among Muslims, especially during the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays. It is believed that the origins of Eidi date back to the Middle Ages when the Caliph of the Fatimid Caliphate used to give food, clothing, money, and other presents to people of all ages on the first day of Eid.
Over time, the tradition has evolved, and now it is observed within families and communities in various ways, with each family having their unique approach to the practice.
While Eidi is a widely popular way for Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, there are some who do not view it as a customary practice. Nonetheless, the tradition remains prevalent among Muslims as a part of their Eid festivities.
What to give for Eidi?
Typically, parents or senior members of a community offer monetary gifts to their children or younger members. This is a popular type of present, as it helps to instill the importance of money management and financial responsibility in children.
However, there are other suitable gifts for Eidi, such as:
- clothes and shoes
- electronics and gadgets
Sending Eidi: Traditional and modern methods
Traditionally, parents would give their children new, crisp banknotes enclosed in an envelope for Eidiyah. However, due to the pandemic, a new method of sending money has emerged, namely through bank transfers or e-wallets. This method can be highly convenient and efficient, especially if the sender and receiver are located far away from each other.