How to Make Children Feel the Joy of Eid During Pandemic?

01 August, 2020
Q How to make children feel the joy of Eid in light of the current restrictions of coronavirus pandemic?

Answer

In this counseling answer:

•Decorate your house for Eid and let them be involved in designing and making some decorations themselves.

•Let them pick what treat they would like to eat and allow them to make it.

•You might get some small treats and toys that you could hide around the house and do a treasure hunt as well as other common party games that might be done in the masjid usually.

•You could organize to have video calls with their friends and family. This way you all will be able to maintain the same ties that you usually would on Eid.


As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh,

This year has been a challenge for all, and as Muslims this challenge has been particularly heightened around the time of Eid as it has restricted our ability to celebrate in the same way as usual which naturally brings about concerns regarding making it a fun occasion as it should be for our children.

Involve them in fun activities

It is difficult, but there are many ways that fun can still be had in Eid. To a large extent much of the customs can still be carried out, although, given the travel and social contact restrictions you may do more than you might usually.

For example, decorate your house for Eid and let them be involved in designing and making some decorations themselves and be involved in deciding where they will go.

Perhaps on a usual Eid they may be less involved in these tasks and more focused on socializing with their friends, so this helps to maintain their interest in fun activities where some other activities may need to have been reduced or taken away altogether.

You might take the same approach with the food. Your children can pick what treat they would like to make. Again getting involved will keep the fun flowing in things that they have a keen interest to be involved in.

How to Make Children Feel the Joy of Eid During Pandemic? - About Islam

Play together

Perhaps in any other Eid they would have been involved in fun activities following Eid prayer. This doesn’t have to be lost.

You can emulate the same in the home. For example, you might get some small treats and toys that you could hide around the house and do a treasure hunt as well as other common party games that might be done in the masjid usually.

You can even ask them which kinds of games they like to play and facilitate the same for them.


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If the restrictions in your country allow, you might invite a small number of their friends, perhaps from a single-family to join them for some time if you feel comfortable to do so.

Make video calls with family

Alternatively, you could organize to have video calls with their friends and family. This way you all will be able to maintain the same ties that you usually would on Eid.

May Allah reward all your efforts to make Eid an enjoyable time for your children at this difficult time. May He bless you all with a happy and fun filled day.

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About Hannah Morris
Hannah Morris is a mum of 4 and she currently works as Counsellor and Instructor of BSc. Psychology at the Islamic Online University (IOU). She obtained her MA degree in Psychology and has over 10 years of experience working in health and social care settings in the UK, USA, and Ireland. Check out her personal Facebook page, ActiveMindCare, that promotes psychological well-being in the Ummah. (www.facebook.com/activemindcare)