Two Boots and a Farwa

Adventures of a Summer Eid

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.

Day One:

spot a printable from our previous roundup?

spot the printable from our previous roundup!

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?

eid

Color coded eidiyat! We asked the very nice In My Studio to customize the envelopes size-wise and with the family name for hassle free distributing.

Our first day usually begins with breakfast, with my paternal aunts and uncles.

How pretty is this tray! There were other equally gorgeously packed eidyat,  but, er, they were eaten before we got to them.

How pretty is this tray! There were other equally gorgeously packed eidyat, but, er, they were eaten before we got to them.

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.

HOLA FOOD.

HOLA FOOD.

And then we go around visiting the elderly in the afternoon. At night, we had a dinner with our mother’s aunts. 

how cute are these sugar cookies? we might have eaten two. or three. or maybe five. er. yeah.

how cute are these sugar cookies? we might have eaten two. or three. or maybe five. er. yeah.

And then it was hobbling back home on two left feet because heels.

Day Two:

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.

Lucky children, we swear. Note: there was chocolate milk in these. IS S THE BEST OR IS SHE THE BEST?

Lucky children, we swear. Note: there was chocolate milk in these. IS S THE BEST OR IS SHE THE BEST?

spot the second printable from our printable round up!

spot the second printable from our printable round up!

ammendment: what's eid without an ice cream truck and a henna lady?

ammendment: what’s eid without an ice cream truck and a henna lady?

painting skins is always brilliant.

painting skins is always brilliant.

isn't this the prettiest?

isn’t this the prettiest?

we're in love.

we’re in love.

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!

hubba hubba. no. really. we didn't know الدبلوماسي made croquembouche! and it's really good, too!

hubba hubba. no. really. we didn’t know الدبلوماسي made croquembouche! and it’s really good, too!

it ain't a party without adorably dressed kids, no?

it ain’t a party without adorably dressed kids high on sugar, no?

we love these festive lights that crop up everywhere during eid time in riyadh! they make the roads look happy.

we love these festive lights that crop up everywhere during eid time in riyadh! they make the roads look happy.

Day Three:

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. 

ah! how awesome are these flags? they were all over the streets in aldeera.

ah! how awesome are these flags? they were all over the streets in aldeera.

the buildings were papered with banners! we approve.

the buildings were papered with banners! we approve.

eid

aldeera

even the police cars had eid greetings on the back, how awesome is that?!

even the police cars had eid greetings on the back, how awesome is that?!

this vintage bric-a-brac seller had a crowd in under ten minutes.

this vintage bric-a-brac seller had a crowd in under ten minutes.

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.

الثميري.

الثميري.

most of the shops were closed for eid.

it looks much more messy with everything closed and people away on vacation.

another bric a brac seller! these tourist stalls are famous with foreigners, apparently.

another bric a brac seller! these tourist-y stalls are famous with foreigners, apparently.

aldeera

one of the prettiest museums, wethinks.

almasmak in the setting sun. one of the prettiest museums, wethinks.

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! 

they don't allow cameras inside, so here's a shot of the outside.

they don’t allow cameras inside, so here’s a shot of the outside.

look at dat setting sun. sigh. we love riyadh.

look at dat setting sun. sigh. we love riyadh.

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! 

if you squint really hard you'll find two fireworks. there's a third but you need a magnifying glass for that.

if you squint really hard you’ll find two fireworks. the third one needs a magnifying glass.

And that was it! How did your eids go? 

 

 

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