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The Most Exciting Eid

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Features a non-fiction spread for especially curious minds about Eid, including different Eid traditions, foods and greetings Abeeha Tariq, illustrator of The Most Exciting Eid said: ‘Working on The Most Exciting Eid as my debut picture book was such a wonderful experience. I'm so grateful that I was able to bring Zeba's fun and inviting story about Ramadan and Eid to life through my illustrations and sprinkle in all of the things I loved about Eid growing up throughout them - from family and food, to clothes and community! I hope young readers will continue to see themselves and their communities through this story, as well as learning more about the festival of Eid.’ Play the video. The duration is 4'29" and the final words are: '...‘As-Salaam-Alaikum, sweetie. Eid Mubarak.’ Display the gallery images of wrapped presents or, if you prefer, use your own wrapped gift as a prop. Begin by asking the children some or all of the following questions: 1. What am I showing you / What am I holding? 2. What do you think could be inside? 3. When do we give presents to each other? 4. Why do we give presents to each other? 5. Have any of you ever received a really surprising present? Continue by explaining that Eid will be happening soon - a special time when Muslims celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan (add as much detail as you feel is necessary). The exact timing of Eid is dependent on the new moon appearing in the sky. In the video a girl called Halima will tell us more about one particular Eid when she received a very special present... Safa can’t wait for Eid al-Fitr. With the new moon marking the end of Ramadan, there is so much to look forward to, including Eid decorations, delicious food, pretty henna patterns and a big family gathering. And hopefully the pink bicycle that Safa has been longing for!

Abeeha: All the things my grandmother used to make from scratch! She wasn’t always able to spend a lot of time standing up cooking due to her health but she would go all out for Eid, spending the evening before prepping everything – homemade kachoriyan, aloo chana puri, samosas. She always poured so much love and effort into her food. I also love the rice dishes like pilau and biryani. What's your favourite thing about celebrating Eid? A beautifully illustrated story to introduce the true meaning of Eid to little ones, now as a chunky board book! One of the most important aspects of Eid is sharing, but Safa is too excited to let her cousin Alissa have a ride on her bike. This year, Mum has a special surprise for Safa saying she is old enough to accompany her as they visit their neighbours with gifts. The final stop is at her grandparents’ house, where they enjoy a wonderful meal together. This Eid has proved to be extra special and feeling a little guilty about Alissa and the bike, she now understands the power of sharing. Next year, they can do everything together. A beautiful introduction to Eid for babies and toddlers – with family and heart at its core. Just one more sleep before EID! Zeba: My favourite thing about celebrating Eid is reconnecting with my family and friends. It's a great opportunityto make time for people who you don't live close to and who you don't get to see often. There is a festive feeling in the air and people are able to forget their daily routine for a while and enjoy theday with loved ones.You could use the story questions to consolidate the children's recall of the events and meaning of the story. Portrait of Zeba Talkhani by Chris Boland What do you usually do at Eid?What's your favourite Eid tradition? The creators of The Most Exciting Eid, Zeba Talkhani and Abeeha Tariq, tell us all about how they celebrate Eid. Continue by exploring some of the themes of the story including presents and gift-giving: 1. Do you think Halima changed during the story? What things did she start doing differently? 2. The story was called 'The best Eid present ever'. Why do you think it was called that? 3. Can you think of any other very special presents or gifts...things that perhaps don't come wrapped in boxes?

A recent survey showed that 75% of non-Muslim Brits are not familiar with Ramadan and 37% didn’t even know it involved fasting.It was important to me to get my book put in the hands of the masses. Information at a young age is imperative in developing equality, compassion, and tolerance. Introducing children to a range of religious practices in their early years breeds acceptance and understanding, which is the key to informing generations to come. Safa is so excited for Eid-al-Fitr. She loves drawing henna patterns on her hands, decorating her home and munching on biryani, kebabs and samosas. It is the perfect day. If you could give another person - or even the whole world - a very special gift, what would it be?

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