The Art Of Ramadan Gifting
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Ramadan starts on a different date every year, due to the Islamic calendar following a lunar cycle. In 2023, it is expected to begin on Wednesday 22nd March. This date marks the start of when Muslims worldwide abstain from things like food and water between the hours of sunrise and sunset for 30 days. It’s a time for reflection and spiritual growth, giving and sharing.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the month of fasting, and is celebrated for up to three days. This is followed by Eid al-Adha 2 months later, which means ‘feast of the sacrifice’.
A lovely and familiar Muslim saying, “tahaabu, tahaadu”, translates as “give gifts to spread love to one another.” Delicious offerings of food are often given to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, along with charitable donations, tokens of love and Ramadan gifts of appreciation, both great and small.
Along with a gift, the greeting goes: “Eid Mubarak” (Eeed Mooo-Barack). Eid, meaning “celebration,” and Mubarak, meaning “blessed”, which translates to “blessed holiday”.
So, now you have the greetings nailed, keep your eyes peeled for gifts with details synonymous with the holy season: crescent moons, the Hamsa Hands. Foodie morsels like traditional Medjool dates, nuts, and sweets, as well as pampering presents will also go down a treat.
The gift of skincare will also be well received as dehydration during the month can impact the skin, partnered with eye care to revive tired eyes from the late-night prayers and early morning Suhoor (the breakfast before dawn). Try the award-winning Double Serum Eye, in 7 days it works to nourish, firm and depuff. Plus, the gift of a home or personal fragrance will always be appreciated – and is a staple in all cultures.
There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month than with a selection of inspired Ramadan gift ideas to give friends and loved ones to express gratitude and give thanks – here’s Beauty Daily’s curated selection here.
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Count down your blessings with this recyclable and sustainably made Ramadan advent-style calendar. It makes for a lovely gift for friends and family – or of course, a treat for yourself! Open a door a day when the sun goes down in the run up to Eid to reveal a tasty milk chocolate morsel.
Give the gift of goodwill and support Oxfam’s Responding in an Emergency (RE) projects with a charitable donation. It will help displaced refugees from Syria, South Sudan and beyond with clean water, food and cooking utensils.
Is there a better way to celebrate the month of fasting than the delicacies in this fabulous dessert hamper? Packed full of all your sweet favourites, including clotted cream fudge, strawberry bon bons and hot chocolate stirrers, this hamper is perfect for sweet tooths to nibble on after iftar.
The Clarins Spa Gift Vouchers are the perfect experience gift for Ramadan. Check into the spa for a host of personalised wellbeing, plant-based treatments that will help unravel stress knots, offer a fresher visage, and emerge with a relaxed state of mind.
Developed in the Middle East by UAE-born entrepreneur and Founder of Arcadia, Amna Al Habtoor, the smoky notes of Arabia will fill the air with oud, amber and rose; each candle is also cruelty and paraben-free and made with zero chemicals.
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A spicy spray that works well when layered up with Oud-based body products and existing scents to give a sense of wellbeing and individuality.
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