Celebrating Eid on a budget

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Eid ul-Adha will be celebrated by Muslims around the globe on Saturday 9 July. If you are celebrating, we hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones and those closest to you.   

Eid ul-Adha is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar. Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Adha on the last day of the Hajj. The Hajj is pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia and it occurs every year and is the Fifth Pillar of Islam. Eid-ul-Adha is known as ‘Big Eid’ and sees up to three days of feasting.

Feasting with family and friends

Eid for many Muslims is about spending time with family and friends, and this often involves large family gatherings and cooking extravagant meals. The rising cost of living means it can be difficult to manage large feasts.

Cooking up a storm on a budget

Feasting does not have to be expensive. Using the items in your kitchen, you can create recipes using the Supercook recipe generator. Just enter the ingredients you already have and create a recipe that is sure to impress all your guests with one click!

Top Tip: If you are a key worker (NHS Professional, teacher, emergency services, charity volunteer etc.) you may be eligible to a company shop membership which allows you to purchase food at discounted rates. Find out more about membership on the company shop website.

Sharing the qurbani costs

Qurbani meat can be expensive so many people choose to share the cost of one animal. The meat is shared equally between family, friends and the less fortunate.  

Below are organisations that have offers to save you money for qurbani:

DIY decorations

Instead of purchasing your Eid decorations this year, why not DIY them? There are lots of resources available that you can use to print and DIY the decorations. If you have children, then get them involved for a fun family activity.

Watch this helpful video on how to make your own Eid DIY decorations.

Gifts for the Kids

Buy gifts for all the family to enjoy like board games that can keep the kids entertained for hours or family fun games like Jenga and jigsaw puzzles.

Top Tip: If you have children in education that are in high school up to university, they may be eligible for student discounts which unlock offers in many places and you can get up to 20% off. Find out more on what offers are available on the Unidays website.