Muslims in Cape Town are gearing up for Eid. Eid-ul-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims around the world fast by abstaining from food and drink from dawn until sunset.
Eid is a day of celebration, which usually starts at a mosque with special prayers of thanks and gratitude to God for the month that has gone by. After prayers, people gather with family and friends and enjoy a feast of delicious foods and festivities.
When is Eid?
In South Africa, Eid will either be on 13 or 14 May 2021. The exact date will only be determined after sunset on Wednesday 12 May when Muslim scholars and others will gather at Three Anchor Bay for the sighting of the moon. If the moon is sighted, Eid will be the next day; if not, an extra day of fasting commences and Eid will be the day after.
Eid in Cape Town
A typical Eid in Cape Town sees men and boys heading off to Eid prayers, though women and girls are welcome to attend too. However, women are often preparing a special lunchtime meal and desserts for the day.
Upon return from the mosque, the family will enjoy breakfast and lunch before donning their finest threads and going out to wish neighbours, extended family, and friends well for the Eid holiday. Children are particularly excited about visiting loved ones as adults give them cash as an Eid gift.
Where to feast
The Eid feast in Cape Town often consists of roast meats, varieties of seafood, biryanis and curries, which takes a lot of time and energy to prepare. With many places in Cape Town offering Eid lunches and dinners, a meal away from home is a treat for the whole family, especially the chief cook of the home. We’ve rounded up a few places offering exciting Eid meals.
Enjoy an Eid lunch or dinner buffet at the Capetonian Hotel for R245 per person. All your Eid favourites will be prepared by Chef Anwar Henkerman.
Al Hambra restaurant in Lansdowne Eid menu will have you salivating. Start your meal with either a crayfish cocktail, a chowder or a salad. The main course is served buffet style, with something for everyone to enjoy. Round the meal off with an individual dessert and tea or coffee. It costs R395 per person; children under 10 pay half price.
In the mood for something different? Experience the flavours of the Middle East this Eid by heading to Syriana in Sea Point. They will be open from 11:00 to 23:00 if Eid is on Thursday and 14:00 to 23:00 if Eid is Friday. Book soon to avoid disappointment.
Andalousse Morrocon Cuisine
Andalousse is the place to be if you’ve always wanted to try Morrocan Cuisine. They have branches in Sea Point and Woodstock, where you can enjoy mouthwatering tajines, soups, and couscous and so much more.
Dig into authentic Turkish food at Ala Turkish in De Waterkant. Start your meal with meze and choose any of the popular Turkish dishes for your main course. Don’t forget the Turkish tea! They have a beautiful outdoor area so book a table outside if the weather is good.
If you want to spend Eid in the comfort of your home, but don’t want to cook, these businesses will make your life much easier. All you need to do is order in advance and collect your meal on the day.
Cathkin Caterers: https://www.instagram.com/p/COTTczyIzl3/
Ramzis Foods: https://www.instagram.com/p/CObY_NbBhmP/
By Aneeqah Emeran