The Stress Begins: Eid el Fitr and Its Different Clothing Traditions

Eid el Fitr is coming. For many Muslims this means preparations, preparations and again, preparations! For those who don’t know what Eid el Fitr is, it’s the Muslim holiday that marks and celebrates the end of the month Ramadan. And on this day it’s all about gathering together with family and friends, lots and lots of food, giving out little presents to the children and many other rituals happening on Eid. Depending on the country you live in, rituals can differ a little bit. And this also counts when it comes to clothing traditions. Even though most Muslims like to wear their finest clothes on this special day, this doesn’t mean that all Muslims have one specific type of clothing that is worn on Eid el Fitr. Depending on the country you live in, its culture and of course your own preferences, your outfit and those of other women can differ a lot.

As a Moroccan Muslim, living in a Western country such as Belgium, I notice that many women opt for a more modern-Western outfit for Eid. Especially with all these Ramadan collections that have been released on the market these last couple of years, having a source of inspiration for your own Eid-outfit has become much easier. Brands such as DKNY, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger and even Oscar De La Renta are doing it. And even though they’re called Ramadan collections and not Eid collections, many pieces look very festive and can be ideal as an outfit for Eid. To give you an idea of what this looks like, here are some of the pieces from the Ramadan collections from the different brands mentioned before.

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DKNY

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Oscar De La Renta

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Other women prefer wearing traditional clothing on Eid El Fitr. And for women who do, there are also some brands that come up with special collections of traditional clothing during Ramadan and Eid. Obviously depending on the country we’re talking about, traditional wear can differ a lot. The traditional clothing in Asia will probably look different than those in for example Africa. To show you how diverse traditional clothing can be, here are some pictures of different traditional, festive wear that are often worn on Muslim holidays such as Eid.

Bonanza Eid Collection

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Gul Ahmed Eid Collection

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Zainab Chottani Collection

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Now we have seen two completely different looks on ‘Eid clothing’, but which one do you prefer? Do you prefer to stick to your own roots and wear something more traditional or are you more attracted to Western outfits for Eid?

Written by Latifa Saber

Latifa Saber

Latifa Saber is a 21-year-old student with strong opinions on pretty much everything. Feminism, literature and fashion are her main fields of interest.