Eid al-Adha

The Eid season is upon us this year. The weather in Riyadh is perfect right now and has finally cooled down so that families can get out and have picnics and enjoy the cool weather that rarely reaches us. My husband has the hajj vacation for a week as do most white collared jobs, it’s really nice to spend the extra time with your loved ones and of course many people are going for hajj. The city has been decorated with beautiful lights that are shaped as bukhoor holders, dullahs, clocks and perfume. All of the things that have significant history in Saudi culture.

For those who do not know what Eid al Adha is I will try to shortly sum up our holiday to you. It is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. The meat is divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the other third is given to the poor and needy.

I have been cleaning my home all day preparing for the holiday and getting everything ready to cook. My sweet husband came home and surprised me with these luscious Saudi sweets from tmreya. I am a HUGE fan of their sweets. They have the most luxurious dates for your palate covered in varieties from cardamom, cocoanut and chocolate. This particular box that my husband presented me had several coatings on my favorite sukary dates and two dips, chocolate and caramel for dipping. These dates paired with the dullah full of Saudi qahwa that he brought me home truly made my day. I love when our men shower us with love, don’t you?

I hope that you and your family have a blessed Eid this holiday season.

7 Responses to Eid al-Adha

  • Yasmeen says:

    Oh, I’ve heard about these tmreya dates but never actually seen them! They look amazing.

    Happy Eid to you – lovely you have time to spend with your husband. Family is what the holidays are all about, after all!

  • From Yeast to Zest says:

    Madinah is super empty right now SubhanAllah, when we got to the hotel yesterday they were 90% vacant which is unlike Madinah any other time of year. Today at Masjid Al Nabawi there was only local families, indian families, and other people visiting from Gulf countries. I’m sure by tomorrow it will be mostly people from the Gulf taking advantage to come to Madinah while it’s peaceful, quiet, and tourist free.

  • Noor says:

    Yasmeen they are so good ya Allah I my eyes go back lol. they are soft and sweet ahh I love dates. Eid Mubarak to you and your family as well :)

    Misbah Eid Mubarak to you and your family as well and thank you. I wish I can share with you :)

    Zelia I am sure that is amazing and so nice, enjoy it and your time to relax <3 Eid Mubarak…

  • From Yeast to Zest says:

    Oh yumm, I couldn’t view the pics yesterday, what is that? Our gift was a basket of Patchi chocolate which are sitting in the hotel closet right now, these boys don’t need to be anymore hyper. lol

    Ok, I just read they’re dates, yumm.

  • Dunia says:

    Never seen dates so elegantly packaged! They look and sound delciious as well, especially the cardamom covered ones. Do they have more traditional dips like tahina and rub (date syrup, not sure if you have a different name for it in saudi)?

    @ From Yeast to Zest Paatchi chocolates! I truly think they make the best chocolates in the world, my fav is the stuffed date covered in chocolate

  • Noor says:

    Dunia the date syrup is called debs in Saudi and I am not sure what all types they have but I do not know tahini is not ate with dates here. Debs is sometimes made with khabees, areeka or aseeda. I also got a package of these marvelous chocolate covered dates yea I love some dates lol I always have them subhanAllah.

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