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Traditional Food: What does the Middle East eat during Eid?

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The Holy Month of Ramadan is a month during which Muslims across the globe faithfully fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from drink and food to empathize with those less fortunate than them, and strengthen their spirituality. Eid-ul-Fitr, or Eid Al Fitr, is a celebration immediately following the Holy Month of Ramadan, where Muslims everywhere gather in gratitude with their family, friends and loved ones.




Eid-ul-Fitr: What is it?

The Eid-ul-Fitr date changes every year, as does the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan. This is because Muslims follow the Islamic calendar. Differing from the Gregorian calendar which is a solar calendar, the Hijri, or Islamic, calendar is a lunar calendar, which follows the lunar cycles. Eid-ul-Fitr occurs on the first day of Shawwal, and is also known as the 'lesser Eid'. The 'greater Eid', also called Eid-ul-Adha or Eid Al Adha, marks the end of Hajj, and takes place during the last month of the Islamic calendar. To be specific, it occurs on the 10th day of Dhu al Hijjah.


Just like Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha's dates fluctuate every year. Muslims use reports of official sightings of the crescent moon to identify Eid's arrival.


What is traditional Eid Food?

The first day of Eid-ul-Fitr is kicked off with special prayers, after which everyone prepares to gather with friends and family. New attire and thoughtful gifts are exchanged with love, and everyone gathers together to share an Eid meal.


Traditional Eid Flavors

Eid flavors are versatile, traditionally encompassing local spices based on the country where it's being celebrated.


In the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, with its beautiful and glitzy capital city Dubai, ouzi is considered the quintessential Eid dish. Ouzi is meat, traditionally sheep or goat, marinated in an amalgamation of spices and then slow-cooked. But ouzi is not the only dish the UAE considers a traditional Eid dish. There is also machboos, or rice and fish, and harees, a meat porridge.


In Saudi Arabia, the home of Mecca, where Muslims around the world travel to for Hajj, mugalgal is considered a traditional Eid dish. Mugalgal is, again, meat based (lamb), infused with spices, and prepared with green peppers, onions and tomatoes.


Oman, one of UAE's neighboring countries, shuwa is considered a traditional Eid dish. Also meat based, goat or lamb is marinated for two days in baharat spices and slow roasted.


In Yemen, it's mahshoosha that is considered a traditional Eid dish.


In Jordan, it's the ever popular mansaf, a beautiful combination of juicy meat prepared in a yogurt sauce.


Traditional Eid Gifts

When we think of traditional Eid gifts, we definitely think about sweets. Chocolates, dates, or even better - a combination of chocolates and dates, is a popular choice for guests, friends, family, and colleagues.


Chocobrosia is Dubai's renowned corporate gifting partner; our artisan chocolates are highly customized for each occasion, incorporating traditional Eid flavors such as freshly roasted nuts and premium dates into our chocolate offerings.


Our chocolate boxes can be customized to include your logo, your colors, and even any special messaging you're looking to include for your family, your employees, your colleagues or even your clients.


Check out our Eid collection today to ensure a unique and memorable gifting experience.





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