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Today let’s talk about how Egyptians Celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Fitr is a three day holiday in Egypt. The word Eid is an Arabic word that means a festivity, a celebration, a recurring happiness, and a feast. In Islam, there are two major Eids, namely Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast) celebrating the end of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) which coincides with the Hajj and commemorates Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of a sheep in place of his son Ishmael. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims after fasting in the month of Ramadan as a matter of thanks and gratitude to God.
For Egyptians the word has a deeper meaning and rings many bells. If the word Eid is mentioned before an Egyptian adult he will recall that pervasive delightful scent of the cookies his mother used to bake before the feast and clings to the house and the memory, the gathering of the family, neighbors, and friends under one roof with the aim of making Kahk.
During Eid el-Fitr family gatherings involve cooking and eating all kinds of Egyptian food, but the item most associated with Eid al-Fitr are ‘Kahk’ which are cookies filled with nuts and covered with powdered sugar.
Egyptians either bake Kahk at home or buy it at the bakery. Thus, a bakery crowded in the last few days of Ramadan with Kahk buyers is a common scene. In the past years, it was easier for families to buy Kahk and save the effort of baking. Nowadays, due to the inflation, and given the high prices of Kahk, some Egyptian families prefer to bake Kahk at home to cut costs.