Vocabulary for Arabic Holidays
With Eid al Adha approaching in just a few weeks, we thought this would be a great time to learn Arabic vocabulary for holidays, plus we’re going to give you a few greetings that you can learn to wish your friends who are celebrating a happy holidays in Arabic.
In most Arabic speaking countries, there are two major holidays: Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر) and Eid Al-Adha (عيد الاضحى).
Eid al- Fitr (عيد الفطر) is the Eid holiday celebrating the breaking of the fast of Ramadan. It usually starts with Muslims going to the (insert Arabic here) masjid (mosque) and praying special Eid prayers. This is generally followed by shopping, visiting family and friends wearing new clothes and sweet perfumes, eating traditional sweet dishes, feasting, and gift-giving.
Eid Al-Adha (عيد الاضحى), or the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, is the second of the two Islamic holidays celebrated each year worldwide. It is also considered the holier of the two Eid holidays. It is a solemn tribute to the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as in obedience to God’s command. The holidays usually include Eid prayers, animal sacrifice (usually sheep, but sometimes camels), giving of (insert Arabic here) Zakat (charity), social gatherings, festive meals, and gift-giving.
Of course, most Arabic speaking countries have different religious and secular Eid holidays and may include:
- المولد النبوي /almawlid il nabawee / Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
- السنة الهجرية /al sana al hijriya / Islamic New Year
- الكريسماس /alkrismas / Christmas
- عيد العمال / ‘eed al 3omaal / Labour Day
- يوم راس السنة / yawm ras al sana / New Year’s Day
- عيد الام/ ‘eed al um / Mother’s Day
- عيد ميلاد / ‘eed meelad / Birthday
- يوم كدبة نيسان / yawm kithbit neesaan / April Fool’s Day
- شم النسيم /sham al naseem/ Easter
- عيد الاب / ‘eed al ab / Father’s Day
- الهالوين / al haluween / Halloween
- عيد الطفل / ‘eed al tifl / Children’s Day
- عيد الحب / ‘eed il hub / Valentine’s Day
- عيد الاستقلال / ‘eed al istiklaal / Independence Day
So now that you know some of the holidays, here are some common greetings to wish your friends happy holidays in Arabic during the Eid holidays:
- !عيد مبارك لكم ولعائلاتكم / eid mubaarak lakum wa-li-‘a’ilatikum! / Blessed Eid to you and your family!
- .لتنزل عليكم بركات الله في عيد الفطر هذا / litanzil ‘alaykum barakaat allah fi eed al-fitr hatha. / May God’s blessings be showered on you on this Eid al-Fitr.
- !كل عام وانتم بخير. عيد مبارك / kul ‘am wa-antum bi-khayr. eed mubarak! / May you celebrate this every year. Blessed Eid!
- .مع كل الحب و البركات والسلام في هذا اليوم المجيد. عيد فطر سعيد / ma‘ kull al-hubb wal-barakat, wal-salaam fi hatha al-yawm al-majeed. eed fitr sa‘eed! / With all the love, blessings, and peace on this joyous day. Happy Eid al-Fitr.
- .أتمنى لكم عيد سعيد جداً! لتكن كل أعمالكم الخيرة مقبولة عند الله / atamanna lakum eed sa‘id jiddan! litakun kul a‘malakum al-khayyira maqbula ‘ind allah / I wish you a very happy Eid, and may all your good deeds be accepted by God.
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