EID WAS HERE! EID WAS HERE! EID WAS HERE! Oh, man, we don’t know what it is about the holidays that reverts us to six year olds. (We’re kidding. We know. Everything reverts us to six year olds.)
But, no, really, we love Eid in Riyadh. There’s something about waking up at dawn for fajr prayer, spending the whole day congratulating friends and family, passing by the old women of the family, and eating boatloads of chocolate that just makes us so very happy. Except for the bit about wearing heels all day while visiting people, the three days of Eid are absolutely perfect.
You know, we’re just going to show you how happy our Eid was. Because we’re lazy like that.
We could tell you a tale about ladders, washi tape, and uncooperative ceilings, but we’ll just leave you to imagine things. Also, glitter makes everything better, no?
Our first day usually begins with breakfast, with my paternal aunts and uncles.
Sidenote: Someone forgot their camera’s battery at home when they went to the morning’s first eid: breakfast with our paternal aunts and uncles. That/those person/s are not us. Of course.
And then we go around visiting the elderly in the afternoon. At night, we had a dinner with our mother’s aunts.
And then it was hobbling back home on two left feet because heels.
Lunch party at our grandmother’s! Which is the best kind of party, to be honest, because anything that involves food + grandmother + party is always amazing. We’re salivating just thinking about it.
Any party with kids in it needs entertainment of course, except the clowns here are scary, so we got an ice cream truck and a lady to do henna for the guests instead. It was lovely!
Getting bored? We’re going to soldier on anyhow, because the third was, somehow, the most packed day! Lazy breakfast at Kitchenation (update on that soon inshAllah) was followed by an afternoon visit to the traditional part of Riyadh. Our mum used to take us as kids two days before eid to get candy, and pass by and watch the Amanah prepping for the celebrations. It was nice to go again after so many years.
We passed by the jewellery market but found the whole place (asides from three or four cheap clothes shops) closed, which was kind of sad.
Come nighttime, some smart person suggested bowling (J), so off we went with the tweedledums, their friend, and our uncle.
Except the bowling center we usually go to was packed. Turned out everybody had the same idea as us. Half an hour later and we had an alley, though. Just half an hour. Asides from the wait, it was great fun!
Best coincidence of this eid? On our way out of the bowling center, the fireworks started, and we noticed that the street we’re on was a great vantage point to see three firework locations!
And that was it! How did your eids go?