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Eid and Islam

Eid diversity awareness for childmindersEid is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and is celebrated in July or August. Eid is an Arabic word meaning ‘festivity’. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of a month of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan and begins with the sighting of the new moon.

British Muslims celebrate Eid with huge festivities. Everyone dresses in their best clothes and they go to the mosque to pray together. Afterwards, special celebration meals are served up with a big family get together. Children are given sweets, presents and often new clothes. Muslims send cards to each other to celebrate this special time with the greeting ‘Eid Mubarak’ which means ‘may you enjoy a blessed festival’.

Islamic art rarely shows depictions of people. Instead, it is famous for its beautiful, intricate geometric patterns.

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Products that can help you to explore Eid

Childminding Best Practice Club – themed packs

Join the Childminding Best Practice Club and get monthly packs of themed activities emailed to you. As well as art projects with templates, each pack includes a planning guide to help you plan around a theme.

Diversity Awareness Pack

Printable diversity craft projects and printable diversity colouring pages to help childminders to teach 20 diversity topics including disability, religion, race, families and multicultural holidays including Eid.

 

 

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