American Girl Releases Holiday Dresses for Religious Celebrations

The American Girl Cultural Celebration Collection's Eid al-Fitr doll outfit and accessories. Photo courtesy of Mattel

In addition to the four religious holidays, the Cultural Celebration Collection also includes doll outfits and accessories for Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year.
All six outfits were created with input from several advisers both inside and outside the company to ensure their authenticity, according to American Girl.
They are available now in American Girl stores across the country or in the Celebration Shop on the company’s website, and each is accompanied by a booklet sharing information about the holiday’s meaning and importance.
The outfit for Eid al-Fitr — the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, a holy month of prayer and fasting — includes a long-sleeved turquoise abaya, a pink hijab decorated with rhinestones, leggings, sandals and beaded bracelets that will fit any of American Girl’s 18-inch dolls.

This holiday season, American Girl characters Samantha, Addy and Josefina can celebrate the Christian holiday of Christmas, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah or Diwali, the festival of lights observed by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs.
Next year, they’ll be ready for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, too.

The religious holidays are part of a capsule collection of doll clothes and accessories for six cultural celebrations and were released last week by American Girl, the popular line of dolls and books telling the stories of American girls throughout history to the present day.

“American Girl was built on a foundation of diverse and inclusive stories and products that have inspired and empowered an entire generation of girls,” according to a statement by American Girl, which is owned by Mattel.

“The brand is committed to accelerating its progress in this important area to better reflect what it means to be an American girl today. The new Cultural Celebration Collection is just one example of how we are doing that.”