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Eid lantern

Celebrate Eid al-Fitr by learning about Islam and making a lantern
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You will need

  • Scissors
  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Rulers
  • Sticky tape
  • String

Activity summary

This activity is about celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the festival to mark the end of the month of Ramadan where Muslims fast during daylight hours.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.
  • Consider how to safely hand out the equipment and take necessary precautions around use of scissors

Light your way 

You can celebrate Eid al-Fitr with creative activities (check out our lovely activity Henna hands and learn how to decorate your hands using meaningful symbols and designs). Making a decorative lantern references that light symbolises hope, a light shining your way out of the darkness:

  1. Decorate one side of the paper with words and images that represent what people have learned about Eid al-Fitr. You could spend a few minutes thinking about ideas in groups. Alternatively, you could use colourful or patterned paper instead.
  2. Draw a line around three centimetres in from the shorter edge of the paper. Cut off the strip and keep it somewhere safe – it’ll become a handle later.
  3. Put the remaining paper face down on a flat surface so it’s horizontal (with the longest edge closest to you).
  4. Fold the paper in half from top to bottom to make a long strip with the undecorated side of the paper hidden inside the fold.
  5. Make sure the folded edge is closest to you. Draw a line about three centimetres from one edge of the paper – the line should start at the fold and extend around three quarters of the way up the paper, leaving a gap of about three centimetres at the top.
  6. Continue drawing lines every three to four centimetres – make sure they start at the folded edge and extend about three quarters of the way up. Don’t worry if the last strip’s not exactly the right width.
  7. Cut along the lines, starting at the fold. Make sure you stop before you reach the top of the paper!
  8. Open up the paper. Glue the shorter sides together to make a cylinder. Add sticky tape at the top, bottom, and middle to hold it together if you need to.
  9. Use glue or tape to attach the handle you made in step two to the top of the lantern.

Reflection

This activity was about sharing light, as a symbol of hope for others - what else could you do that does this? What did you learn about Eid al-Fitr that has connected with you the most? It is about reflecting on what you are grateful for, how could you do this for yourself today? What's the importance of people coming together for a celebration? 

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.