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“Welcome Eid أهلًا بالعيد” – A Song Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Arabic Language, art, Culture, Current Affairs, Dialect, Film, Islam, Language, songs, Vocabulary

It’s the festive season again.. It’s just been announced that tomorrow is the last day of Ramadan and so Eid is on Sunday, the 24th. May. Kul  ʕaam  wa  antum  bi-khair كل عام وأنتم بخير  🙂 If you’d ask any Arab about a song they often associate with Eid, the song “Ahlan Ahlan Bil-Eid”, by the Egyptian singer and actress Safaa Abu-assuood, would definitely be one of them.

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It’s a very popular song around time of Eid Al-fitr عيد الفطر  and it has been since adapted, and here you can listen to a modern version/adaption of it. In today’s blog, we’re going to learn the lyrics and finish with a few interesting phrases that are associated with happiness السّعَادَة and also phrases of activities الأَنْشِطَة  people and kids do during Eid.

You can listen to the original version here and follow the lyrics below.

أهلا أهلا بالعيد

Welcome, welcome Eid

مرحب مرحب بالعيد

Hello hello to Eid

أهلا أهلا بالعيد

Welcome, welcome Eid

مرحب مرحب بالعيد

Hello hello to Eid

 

العيد فرحة.. وأجمل فرحة

Eid is joy.. and the most beautiful joy

تجمع شمل قريب وبعيد

Reunites the close and the far away

سعدنا بيها.. بيخلّيها

being happy about it.. makes it

ذكرى جميلة لبعد العيد

A beautiful memory, beyond Eid time

 

غنّوا معايا.. غنّوا

Sing with me.. sin

قولوا ورايا.. قولوا

Say after me.. say

كتّر يارب في أفراحنا

Multiple, oh God, our joy

واطرح فيها البركة وزيد

And bless it and increase it

جانا العيد.. اهو جانا العيد

Eid is upon us.. Eid is upon us

جانا العيد.. اهو جانا العيد

 

Eid is upon us.. Eid is upon us

أهلا أهلا بالعيد

Welcome, welcome Eid

مرحب مرحب بالعيد

Hello hello to Eid

أهلا أهلا بالعيد

Welcome, welcome Eid

مرحب مرحب بالعيد

Hello hello to Eid

 

باركوا وهنّوا.. سوا واتمنّوا

Bless and congratulate.. together and hope

كل العالم يبقى سعيد

That all the world be happy

كله أخوّه.. برّه وجوّه

All are brothers.. Outside and inside

كل فرح وهنا وزغاريد

All is joy, bliss and trills (ululations)

 

غنّوا معايا.. غنّوا

Sing with me.. sin

قولوا ورايا.. قولوا

Say after me.. say

كتّر يارب في أفراحنا

Multiple, oh God, our joy

واطرح فيها البركة وزيد

And bless it and increase it

 

*Phrases associated with happiness:

Joy – فَرْحَة/فَرَحْ

Plural of “Farha & Farah” – أَفْرَاحْ

bliss – هَنَا

Happy (adj) – سَعِيدْ

*Phrases of Eid Activities:

Sing – غَنُّوا

Bless – بَارْكُوا

Congratulate – هَنّوُا

Wish – اتْمَنُّوا

*These four words above are verbs (in the imperative form – plural form, 2ns person).

🙂

 

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About the Author: Hanan Ben Nafa

Hi, this is Hanan :) I'm an Arabic linguist. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018. My PhD thesis was entitled Code-switching as an evaluative strategy: identity construction among Arabic-English bilinguals in Manchester and is available at https://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/620931/. I am currently working as a Public Service interpreter and translator.


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