Eidi, also known as Eidya, is more than just a cultural tradition—it’s a cherished custom that fosters joy, generosity, and a sense of community.
What is Eidi?
Eidi, or Eidiyah, is a traditional practice in Middle Eastern Arab and Muslim cultures, involving the gifting of money or other presents to children during the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
The term is a combination of “Eid” and “hadiyah,” translating to Eid gifts. The tradition is rooted in historical practices, including the distribution of gifts by the Fatimid caliphs in the 10th century AD.
Over time, the custom has evolved, and today, it is often a way for older relatives or family friends to give cash to children. The act of giving Eidi has historical ties to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and is a way to celebrate and reward children, emphasizing independence and choice in selecting their gifts.
While the practice is not universal, it remains prominent in many Muslim cultures globally.
Who gives the Eidi?
Eidi, or Eidiyah, is typically given by older relatives, parents, spouses, and senior members of the community during the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Specifically:
Older relatives, including grandparents, aunts, and uncles, commonly give Eidi to younger family members, especially children.
Parents play a significant role in giving Eidi to their children, offering monetary gifts or other presents to celebrate the occasion.
Husbands and wives often exchange gifts, such as jewelry, clothes, watches, perfume, or makeup, as part of the Eidi tradition.
Senior Members of the Community:
Senior members of the community may also participate in giving Eidi, fostering a sense of community and celebration.
Friends and Siblings:
Friends and siblings may exchange Eidi cards or other gifts, contributing to the overall festive atmosphere.
When is Eidi given?
Eidi is typically given during the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two major Muslim holidays. The exact timing of when Eidi is given is associated with these festive occasions. After the morning Eid prayer, children often gather around older relatives, parents, and family friends to receive their Eidi gifts.
What is the amount given in Eidi?
The amount given in Eidiya varies based on several factors, and there isn’t a fixed or standardized amount. In the tradition of Eidi, older relatives, parents, and senior members of the community may give different amounts of money as gifts to children and younger family members during the celebrations of Eid.
The value of the gift is often influenced by factors such as the age of the recipient and the personal preferences or traditions of the givers.
Is Eidi given only in cash?
No, Eidiya is not exclusively given in cash. While monetary gifts are a prevalent and traditional form of Eidi, the tradition has evolved to include a variety of gifts. In addition to cash, Eidi can take the form of other presents such as books, cards, clothes, electronics, gadgets, and toys.
The choice of gift can vary based on personal preferences, family traditions, and the relationship between the giver and the recipient.
Some families find it acceptable to offer gifts besides money, while others may prefer to give cash only, considering it a way to teach children the value of money.
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How Much Eidi Should I Give?
There isn’t a standardized or fixed amount, and the practice often involves generosity and the joy of giving. The unique aspect of the Eidi tradition is that children line up from youngest to oldest, and the gift value tends to increase with the age of the child, with the last child in line often receiving the highest value gift.
Is the Eidi considered Sadaqah?
Yes, giving and receiving “Eidiya” (gifts/money) during the celebration of Eid is considered an act of Sadaqah and a way to strengthen family ties. According to scholars, improving social connections through the exchange of Eidiya is permissible, and at the same time, these gifts are considered a form of Sadaqah.
Is the Eidi For Children Only?
No, Eidi is not exclusively for children. While children are commonly the primary recipients of Eidi gifts during the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the tradition has evolved to include various age groups. Adults, including spouses, parents, and senior members of the community, also participate in the Eidi tradition.