Eid al-Adha 2024 is just around the corner – if you were looking for an occasion to pamper your loved ones, this is it.

Eid as a festival brings families, friends and communities together. It is that period during the year where you don’t worry about deadlines, daily chores or even mull in the existential crisis that engulfs every adult.

As a kid, I always looked forward to Eid al-Adha, because it the time when my entire extended family came together for lunches, dinners, barbecues and (my favourtie) gifts exchanging ceremonies. Everyone excitedly waited for their envelope of cash ‘eidi’ from the elders and a gift that was specifically picked according to their taste.

As a grown up, this memory and tradition has remained in my home and we continue to spoil our loved ones with something that has either been on their wishlist or with an item we think they would love.

Whether it’s a new bag for your mom, perfume for your dad, vintage tea set for your grandma, candle for your aunt or the latest espresso maker for your coffee aficionado cousin – the possibilities are endless.

But if you’re like me and you happen to procrastinate until the very end when it comes to buying gifts, let this Emirates Woman guide be your ultimate saviour.

Under this EW Eid Al-Adha 2024 guide, we’ve listed luxury items under the categories of fashion, beauty and lifestyle for you to pick from.

To make the process even simpler (thank us later), you click on the picture of the product you like, and it will redirect you to the website where you can shop it from.

Editor-approved Eid Al-Adha 2024 gift guide:

Public Holidays in the UAE

In alignment with these religious observances, the UAE government has announced public holidays for its residents. Citizens and residents will observe a day off for Arafah Day on June 15, followed by a three-day break for Eid Al Adha from June 16 to June 18. This extended holiday offers an opportunity for families to come together, perform religious rituals, and engage in communal celebrations.

Commencement of Dhul Hijjah

The sighting of the crescent Moon on Thursday, June 6, signified the end of Dhul Qa’adah and the beginning of Dhul Hijjah on Friday, June 7. Dhul Hijjah holds immense importance for Muslims, being the month of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and the celebration of Eid Al Adha.

Significance of Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha

Arafah Day, which is the pinnacle of the Hajj pilgrimage, will be observed on Saturday, June 15. This day is revered as the holiest in Islam, where pilgrims gather on the plains of Arafat to perform prayers and seek forgiveness. For Muslims not on pilgrimage, it is a day of fasting and reflection.

Following Arafah Day, Eid Al Adha, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” will be celebrated on Sunday, June 16. This festival commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. The act of Qurbani (sacrifice) is performed, where livestock is slaughtered, and the meat is distributed among family, friends, and the needy.

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