With pennies being pinched across the nation, British Muslims are set to pare back on Eid celebrations this year.
In a survey carried out by donation-matching tech platform Givematch, 38% of British Muslims said they’d be spending less on Eid gifts this year. On average, these respondents said they would be spending £80 less on gifts.
29% of British Muslims will be making homemade Eid gifts this year as people find creative ways to celebrate during the cost-of-living crisis. To find gift inspiration 71% of those surveyed said they’d be turning to social media.
Eid al-Fitr is traditionally a time for gifting in the Muslim community. The day marks the end of Ramadan, with the name Eid meaning “the festival of the breaking of the fast”.
In other cost-saving efforts, 58% of Muslims said they would make more meals at home this Ramadan. Worryingly, 16% of Muslims said they would struggle to afford to break their fast this Ramadan.
The data also showed that, despite the cost-of-living crisis, the charitable spirit of Ramadan is alive and well – with 56% of British Muslims planning on donating more to charity this year. The research showed that the average British Muslim will donate £150 during the holy month.
When asked which charities they planned to support this Ramadan, British Muslims were most likely to support Islamic (69%), food (49%) and children’s charities (41%).
This Ramadan, the donation-matching technology platform Givematch is helping people to do double the amount of good with their charitable donations. Each person who supports a charity via Givematch receives a shareable link. If two friends donate via that link, then the original donation is double.
The platform has teamed up with many much-loved charities this year, including Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid and Orphans in Need.
Ismael Dainehine, the founder of Givematch, said: “People are having to find creative ways to manoeuvre the cost-of-living crisis this year, and the Muslim community is no exception.”
“Alongside seeking savvy ways to celebrate, we know that British Muslims are looking for the most cost-effective ways to support vital causes. With Givematch people can double the impact they make, simply by spreading the word of their chosen charity.”
To start your match-funding journey, head to givematch.com