Festivals are occasions which are loved by everyone mostly because it provides time for people to gather together with their closed ones and celebrate positive emotions under one roof or venue by chatting, singing, dancing and feasting happily. Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the festivals where the moments of togetherness is marked on a stupendous note with events like praying together for everyone’s well-being, gorging on varieties of sumptuous fares and distributing gifts to loved ones generously. This Islamic festival is commemorated after the end of the holy month of Ramadan. After a month of fasting from dawn to dusk, Muslims gather to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month according to the Islamic calendar. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims gets ready to keep fast for the rest of the day by starting their pre-dawn meal suhur and ends it by holding a special evening feast known as iftar. As it is believed that the Holy Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan, it is considered as a holy time period by Muslims so they mark this important occasion by fasting and praying to Allah.
Some of the lovely moments of Eid –ul-Fitr are-
Gathering together to pray in the morning
As a religious festival, Eid-ul-Fitr is commenced by people coming together to participate in mass prayer meets. The festivities begin in the morning as people adorn themselves in new clothes and accessories, go to mosques, sit down together to pay their respects or namaaz to Allah and finally greet each other with friendly hugs and smiling faces with wishes of Eid Mubarak. Most people also offer namaaz at home too with proper rituals. The starting of the festivities is generally peaceful as it is the time when everyone gathers in a disciplined manner for offering prayers.
Feasting or partying together with a wide variety of delicacies
During the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, many Muslim people invite friends or colleagues of other religions to their houses to participate in a community feast with them. For this reason, the ritual of decking up in beautiful attires and happily going to meet your hosts with loads of gifts is a tradition that is regularly followed in Eid-ul-Fitr. The main talking point of every Eid celebration is the types of food items that people get to sink their teeth in or gorge heartily. From finger licking starters and super delicious main dishes to uber-sweet desserts and ultra-soothing refreshers, the feast of Eid-ul-Fitr is certainly a topic of discussion and thought for chefs and food lovers and a delight for poets and storytellers on which they can weave imaginations to present an entertaining and literary product. By starting the feast with kabab and warm cups of masala or milk tea, the joy of the feast is heightened when the aroma of biryani, haleem, pulao, mutton/chicken curries fully surrounds the room before finally reaching its peak level through our noses and making us fully aware to tuck into hearty meals on the dining table. When the literal journey of gorging yummily on spicy fares takes over, the last leg of the trip is further enhanced with sweet temptations via desserts like phirni, sheer khurma and sewai.
Excitement of meeting loved ones and buying gifts
The approach of the Eid-ul-Fitr festivities is an exciting time for all Muslims as they carefully roam and shop for the best clothes and accessories to deck themselves stylishly on the D-day. From bargaining with the shopkeeper to take their choicest items at a cheap rate to shopping till the late hours, the events that occur for the preparations of Eid-ul-Fitr is full of joy and fun. Besides buying things for themselves, gifts are brought in large numbers so that they can be distributed to loved ones and donated as charity. Meanwhile, the invitees for the Eid-ul-Fitr feasts also look forward for this festival with hopes and dreams of tucking into ultra-delicious meals and getting some good gifts. For this reason, the invitees also throng the markets to buy some gifts for their hosts as a gesture of goodwill.
Spending a happy time together with loads of blessings and love
Eid-ul-Fitr is the time when everybody comes together to have a good laugh and chat in addition to eating and drinking. As the ritual of giving and receiving goodies is followed religiously during this time of the year, the smiles, laughter and joy is radiated in full measure due to which the environment or surroundings becomes a blissful one. Besides, the tradition of giving out donations on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr makes us feel happy and pleased with ourselves as it gives us the realization that we can of help to somebody in need. The best thing of Eid-ul-Fitr is of course the Eidi. It is a gift that is given to children or younger ones by older relatives or family friends. The children are the ones who look forward for Eidi with high hopes. Sometimes they often ask for large sum of money as Eidi. While they might get scolded, they are generally provided with their required share because no one wants to make them sad on this holy occasion.
Eid-ul-Fitr is indeed a time of celebration of love, gratitude and brotherhood. May Allah bless each one of you with happiness, success and prosperity. Eid Mubarak!