Unsurprisingly, both of the Eid celebrations have a strong focus on food. Feasting with close family and friends forms a huge part of the festivities - as well as sharing sweets and treats with colleagues and neighbours.
For Eid al Adha, one of the main rituals is the sacrifice of an animal, whose meat should be distributed between the poor- and to friends and family. As a result of this, both sweet treats and rice-based meat dishes fill the Eid buffet tables of the home.
Each country and culture have their own Eid cuisines that are reserved for special occasions. As Islam is a religion seen throughout the world, many traditional foods have been encompassed into their Eid traditions.
Have a look below at some of the most famous and delicious Eid dishes from across the globe.
Kunafa is the ultimate Middle Eastern dessert. Much of Arabia have their own version, but the most traditional versions are found across the Levant. A golden and buttery baked tray of shredded filo pastry encases an oozing cheesy cream. Finished off with fragrant syrup and a crunchy pistachio garnish. With kunafa, the balance of sweet and savoury flavours is a delight to the senses.
A dinner table for guests in the Asian subcontinent would never be complete without a deep-fried samosa. Crispy triangles of filo pastry or a thicker crusty dough, tightly protect the savoury contents that are bursting with flavour. Whether spicy ground meat and peas, or a veggie version with potatoes and whole spices, Eid samosas are a match made in heaven when teamed with a cool and refreshing mint yoghurt dip.
Tufahija is a traditional Bosnian dessert made from apples. These are gently stewed in water and sugar, stuffed with an almond or walnut cream filling, then baked and smothered in sugar syrup. The origin of the dessert seems to be Persian – it most likely came to Bosnia with the Ottomans, who ruled over Bosnia in the past. Usually served in its own individual glass or dish - it’s time to get your ‘best tableware’ out!
Rendang is one of Malaysia's most loved dishes and is often served at celebrations and ceremonial occasions, as well as during Eid. Whether succulent beef or tender chicken, this rich coconut sauce - deep with heat - makes Hari Raya a memorable event for all.
A traditional Eid brunch or breakfast dish; Sheer Kurma combines soft vermicelli with thickened whole milk or rich cream. Flavoured with nuts, sugar and chopped dates or sweet raisins, this dish can whipped up speedily to serve to guests shortly after the Eid prayers. Sheer Kurma is seen across the Indian subcontinent and known in Bangladesh as Shemai, where it is sometimes served with a fresh and steaming paratha bread. Delicious!
We hope you enjoy making some of these delicious Eid dishes, and if you need any accompaniments then why not consider some of our serving trays and tins.