Is anything open during Eid?

I meant to publish this earlier, but insha Allah, it will come in handy next go around.

These are just my observations from this year and years past.

As you can imagine, like Christmas, things quiet down a bit.

From the First Day of Eid:

During Eid, you will find restaurants open, from the smaller ones to the big guys: KFC, Pizza Hut, etc. The really small, restaurants may not be open.

Restaurant = mata’am.

Small neighborhood grocery stores may be open, though they may open up later.

Fun City and similar parks are definitely open.

Second Day and On:

This Eid, we didn’t go out until the second day and a lot of stuff was still closed.

Happy Land was not open in the afternoon, but we drove by later in the evening and it was open.

Most of the stores on shariah computer (aka shariah mogadishu, shariah sakhr) were closed except a few. Most non-food type stores remained close.

Can’t remember if the “sarfs” (money exchanges were open the first day of Eid) but a few were open by the second day. Don’t count on Western Unions to be open until like the 4th of Shawwal.

Third Day and on

A great deal more stores are open, but many still remain closed.

Shawwal 4th

Markaz Libby mall, which was open (the mall itself) on the second day of Eid; its stores, we were told would open up on Shawwal 4th. I suspect this was the case with the Yemen Mall as well; the stores were not open with the exception of a fun center by the second day of Eid.

Start looking for Western Unions to be open, maybe check on the third day of Shawwal.



Moral of the story:

 Don’t expect things to be truly back to normal for about 7-10 days after Eid/Shawwal 1.

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