Ramadan and Eid Party!

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Looking for ideas for Ramadan and Eid parties? You’re at the right place!

Here is a link to some great ideas for a Welcome Ramadan Party for kids: http://myhalalkitchen.com/welcome-ramadan-party-kids/

And here is an example of an Eid party for kids:

One mum held an Eid party for her sons and friends! They sang ‘Eid Mubarak To You’ while cutting the cake, and had the usual fun stuff of a bouncy castle and toys to make it extra special for the children.

Check out the Eid cake!

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And I love these unique Eid cookie jars with moon cutter as a party favour!

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And here are some Eid party games played at a Babble&Chat (Islamic Mother and Toddler session):
– Pass the parcel with questions about the Holy Qur’an
– Pin the crescent on the masjid
– ‘Shaban, shaban, ramadhan’ (our version of ‘duck duck goose’)
– Treasure hunt

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This year's EID TREES!

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As you know, I get a bit excited when it comes to EID TREEs! (Sorry I’m so excited I’ll probably use CAPS for that for the next few posts. Consider this an advance warning ;))

We launched the idea this year (see previous posts on this here and here), and Alhamd it has taken off! Here are some pictures sent in:

Here is what the mum said: “It holds the new moon of Ramadan 2015 and will be blossoming thoughout the month.”

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And here is another beautiful home made EID TREE! The mum found a nice vase, and then actually found the twigs herself! Looks beautiful and oh-so do-able!

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And here is our Ramadan and Eid tree! We have a big plant which we normally decorate and put presents around for eid, so I didn’t want something else that was big, but i did want somewhere to hang our good deed and gratitude notes.

So I went out and bought a nice vase that can stay there all year round. The hunt for twigs at shops was fruitless, but as luck would have it (in other words, Allah guided us to it!), we found a huge bunch of cut branches and twigs that were ideal! And voila 🙂

It is slowly but surely filling up – can’t wait to see what it looks like at the end of the month, Inshallah!

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P.S. If you’re exchanging gifts with a group of children, how about trying this?

Each child gets a little piece of card where they write their name on one side, and a prayer on the other. Younger children can get help writing. When their name is called to get their gift, they come hang their dua up on the Eid tree – and so it also becomes a prayer tree!

Someone suggested to hold on to their duas and take it out next Eid, so they can see whether their duas were answered :). Duas each Eid can be saved to see how they’ve grown each year too!

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Sharing Dates - YOUR versions - 2015 :)

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This is looking like it’s going to become a yearly post! Last year, we shared your versions of sharing dates at the beginning of Ramadhan (http://buzzideazz.com/sharing-dates-at-the-beginning-of-the-month-your-versions/). Here are this year’s pics that you have sent in – I hope they give you lots of ideas for your own date plates and jars next year, Inshallah 🙂

Check out the poem that goes with these dates to be given to teachers and neighbours:

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These dates were given out to school friends after a presentation about Ramadhan:

 

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This acrostic poem was given with dates to teachers:

 

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These dates for school friends and teachers were given out after the children did a short talk on Ramadhan to the class:

 

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These classy date jars were handed out to neighbours:

 

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And these bags covered with stars and moons were ideal to give out dates in!:

 

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Prophet's Sermon welcoming Ramadan - Parents' and Children's Version :)

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This is lovely! A letter to children using the sermon delivered by the Prophet on the last Friday of Shabaan (ie. today!)…I think I’m going to print this out and write a personal message on the back to them too!

As for us parents, I loved this rendition of the Prophet’s Ramadhan sermon – what struck me in particular within all the awesome advice on making the most of this month was this line:

“… and be kind to your youngsters…”

When we are fasting, it is easy to be short on patience and tolerance and take it out on our children, unintentional though it may be. I know I often have this unrealistic expectation that “they know I’m fasting, so why don’t they just… etc, etc” – but that’s exactly what it is – an UNREALISTIC expectation! Kids are kids, and will do what kids do best – ask you for help, want you to play, fight and all the rest of it!

So this Ramadhan, I’m going to try extra hard to keep in mind that this is the month where I’m supposed to be at my best, and as a parent, that means being extra loving and kind to my children. If i don’t manage to do extra duas, Quran, etc – so be it, they come first.

May He help us all to be the best we can be, Inshallah!

Fundraising Idea 20: Instead of giving a gift to your teachers at the end of Ramadhan, donate to charity on their behalf instead

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At the end of the month, teachers of classes are usually given lots of little presents to say Eid Mubarak and thank you. That is a wonderful wonderful gesture and token of appreciation, but this year some organisers of classes had an even better idea!

They suggested that the children donate on their behalf instead .

The kids and I still felt we wanted to acknowledge them, so we made these little mint books – the pics say it all I hope! They personalised it by decorating the front and then handed them out to their teachers as well as donating in their name too.

P.s. This idea is thanks to pinterest of course – here is the link to the much more professional looking ones!

http://offbeatbride.com/2012/03/how-to-make-mintbook-favors#.U95ejwp2CC8.email

Fundraising idea 18: Giving from their own pockets...

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A beautiful selfless gesture…sharing as seen on a Facebook post:

“I have just seen the most beautiful scene:

After the kids Award Ceremony at SIJNY for Quran and Dua recitation and memorisation, Sohail Abdullah asked for donations to Comfort Aid’s ‘Zanzibar Education Fund’, to provide desks for schools (http://www.comfortaid.org/)

The children, who had just received cash for their Shahr Ramadhaan efforts spontaneously rose, one by one, to return their gifts as donations to the Education Fund!

This is fantastic selflessness from the children and should be commended. The whole jamaat was very moved by this action from such young kids.

“Those who spend (in the cause of Allah) privately or publicly, by night and day, have their reward with their Lord. And (on the Day of Resurrection) they shall neither fear nor grieve.” (Al-Baqarah 2:274)”

 

 

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