Eid means happiness. Eid teaches us to laugh and love. For me the best thing about Eid is the “Eidi” which is the Gift in the form of money specially (the fresh currency notes) we get from our elders, parents or relatives in honor and respect of the Festival of Breaking Fast. We Buy new cloths and have plenty of Delicious food and family get together for straight 3 days.
The pleasure of sitting for hours in the saloon late at night we call (Chandh Raat) for hair-cut is a customary thing for us to do that is why barbers shop are kept open all night long.
Eid is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, it does not fall on the same day each year on the Gregorian (Western) calendar. Since the cradle of human civilizations. We have associated our selves with different kind of rituals and religious offerings. Feast plays a vital role in every culture and religion.
It is no different from Christmas for Christians, Holi for Hindus or Yamim Tovim for Jews.
This religious Eid (Muslim religious festival) is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal.
Offering Eid Salah
- First of all we wake up early and take bath (Shower) we call Ghusal.
- Then we dress up!
- Just Before heading towards the mosque. We eat sweets because of the Sunnah (Prophet Muhammad’s Practice)
- We prefer to walk on foot to the mosque and after the Eid Prayer we greet each other warm heartily and hug at least three times saying “Eid Mubarak” to each other.
After the prayer is completed, worshipers embrace each other and say “Eid Mubarak,” or “Blessed Eid,” to wish each other good will. The event ends with a sermon by the imam.
We are supposed to take different path for coming back to home from the mosque and then to the “Qabristaan” (Graveyard) to pray for the dead relatives and friends asking for their forgiveness and high ranks in “Jannah” (paradise).
Give to the poor.
“Zakat al-fitr,” or the duty to give to the poor on this day, is a requirement for every Muslim who has the means to do so. Typically, each individual’s contribution is about the cost of a meal, and may take the form of money, food, or clothing.
Friends and family meet up!
Our friends often visit their neighbors and extended relatives after the morning celebration to wish them a happy holiday and exchange these gifts.
Special food items
Traditions include dates, halwa, falooda, cookies with milk, baklava, and vermicelli noodles. but we cook Biryani, Chicken and Mutton dishes and much more.
Prepare Dinner (Call for the Feast)
Many people eat a family lunch and/or dinner of meat, potatoes, rice, barley, or any food you like. Some rest in the afternoon to recover from a day that began at sunrise. Others attend fairs and events organized for Eid, party with their friends in the evening, or visit the graves of deceased friends and family.
Celebrating Eid at its best.
Young entertainers like me hangout with friends to Islamabad or Lahore to watch movies and eat at the big fancy restaurants. taking selfies and sharing moments of joys. it’s the real-time for making great memories.