eid-festivals

Eid-ul-Fitr is a joyous Islamic Festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. On this day people thank Allah for providing them strength to undergo fasting and self restraint in the month of Ramadan. The date of Id is decided according to the position of the moon. Celebrations begin as soon as the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Eid marks the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of Islamic calendar. This is around the month of November according to Gregorian Calendar. Eid is celebrated with fervor by Muslims all over the world. In India too, festival of Eid is celebrated with enthusiasm and in a spirit of bonhomie. A special prayer is organized in mosques to mark the day of Eid. People wear bright new clothes and relish the best of festive food.

Eid is celebrated with extreme enthusiasm as it is also the ‘Festival of Fast-Breaking’. After a rigorous fast in Ramzan, Eid is definitely a welcome occasion. Great rush can be seen in markets a days before the festival as people do a lot of shopping for gifts, clothes and sweetmeats. On the eve of the festival womenfolk can be seen at the bangle shops and applying henna in their hands while the night before the festival called ‘Chand Raat’ is spend in preparation for the celebrations. Ladies in the house can be seen busy preparing for the grand feast for the Eid.

On an Eid morning people take early bath and wear new clothes. Following the tradition people give alms to the poor and needy and assemble at Idgah to render prayers. After this people hug each other and greet ‘Eid Mubarak’.

At home womenfolk prepare best of festive food including Sewain, biryanis, pulaos, meat and chicken kababs, dahi badas and kewra-flavoured kulfis and faloodas. All this is gorged by people after the month long restraint. Friends and relatives are invited to participate in the joyous celebrations.

Children particularly await the festival of Eid as it is time to receive Eidi from the elders in the family. Idi could be some special gift or cash.