Since starting the idea of Hello Holy Days! in 2013, our founder Manal Aman had one goal: to raise awareness about Muslim holidays in North America. From Martha Stewart to our Crate & Barrel Ramadan collection, Hello Holy Days’ is here to make space for Muslim holidays. Here is our work in North America so far.
Ramadan at Martha Stewart
Manal has a background in media and magazine publishing. After interning at Chatelaine magazine and House & Home magazine in Toronto, she set her eyes on New York City. Specifically, Martha Stewart magazine.
Manal reached out to the editors at Martha Stewart presenting them Ramadan ideas they could run on their site. The editors loved the ideas and in June 2015, Ramadan was showcased on Martha Stewart for the first time in American history.
Ramadan and Eid al Adha in Magazines
After the success of showcasing Ramadan on Martha Stewart, Manal continued to approach more magazines and media sites. This time though, she introduced Muslim holidays with a specific set of colors and symbols. As a result of her efforts, Ramadan and Eid al Adha were showcased by: Buzzfeed, Today’s Parent and many more. You can read all about on our In the Media page.
Crate & Barrel Ramadan and Party City Ramadan
Crate & Barrel Ramadan
One of the things Manal heard from her blog audience is that they would like products for Muslim holidays with Hello Holy Days’ aesthetic. Manal went to art school and is a professional artist so she started approaching various large companies to see if they’d like to work with her on a product line for Muslim holidays.
Crate & Kids, a division of Crate & Barrel, took a chance on Manal and worked with her for the Crate & Barrel Ramadan collection for kids. So all the items for Crate & Barrel were personally designed by Manal. After 3 years of licensing the collection to Crate & Kids, the products from this collection are available in our e-commerce shop.
Party City Ramadan
Manal also approached Party City and presented her product ideas, designs, color scheme and symbols for Party City’s Ramadan collection. Party City chose to work with their in-house designers to implement Manal’s ideas. Their collection is still available today in Party City stores, dollar stores and select retailers across North America.
Hello Holy Days! Shop
In 2019, Hello Holy Days’ shop launched with a collection of greeting cards and gift bags. Our products are available worldwide at an assortment of Islamic shops and independent bookstores. In addition, we are proud to say that Paper Source in the US, Chapters Indigo! in Canada and Virgin Megastore in the Gulf all carry Hello Holy Days in their stores.
Ramadan Cards at Target
After exhibiting at the National Stationery Show in 2019, Manal secured a licensing deal with American Greetings. This licensing deal allowed Hello Holy Days to place Ramadan cards at Target. Moreover, Manal personally designed 10 greeting cards for Ramadan and Eid al Adha. American Greetings placed these cards in all 1800+ Target stores across America.
Ramadan at TJX Canada
Despite a few difficult years due to COVID-19, we’re striving as hard as ever. In an effort to serve our Canadian customers better, Manal introduced Ramadan products at HomeSense. HomeSense is a division of TJX Canada, the Canadian counterpart to TJX companies. They own stores like TJMAXX and HomeGoods in the US.
We will continue on our mission to make Muslim holidays a part of mainstream North American society and update our impact page as we work.