Out of various festivals celebrated in India, Ed-Ul-Fitr is one of the most sacred and well-awaited festivals for Muslims. The celebration of this festival marks the end of the month of fasting, Ramadan. This year, Ramadan began on the evening of 26 May 2017 and will end on the evening of 24 June, followed by Ed-Ul-Fitar on 25 June.
On this day, Muslims get together to celebrate the festival with prayers. Meethi Eid or Ed-Ul-Fitar have the most delectable cuisines made and savored by friends and family member. Know more about the celebrations, significance and the food.
Significance and Celebrations
The word Eid is an Arabic word, which means festivity or recurring happiness. This festival is celebrated after a month-long fasting period also known as Ramadan. During this time, Muslims observe fast throughout the day and indulge in pious activities such as prayers and charity.
According to Muslims, it is believed that the Month of Ramadan is a time of spiritual renewal for those people who observe the fast. After observing fast for 29 to 30 days from dawn to sunset, Ed-Ul-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, month calculated according to the Islamic calendar.
During the month of Ramadan, each family decides on giving a specific amount of money as a donation to a poor family or someone needy. The donation can include food like barley, rice or dates. The food is given to make sure no person sleeps hungry. Finally, on the day of Eid, people have a hearty feast. This donation in Islam is known as Sadaqah-Al- Fitr (charity). Eid is celebrated for three days with a last of favor and happiness.
On this day people observe Islamic prayers that consist of two units that are generally offered in large halls. People greet each other with Eid Mubarak and wear new clothes while enjoying the celebrations with their friends and family members.
During any festive celebrations, food plays an important role. It helps people to connect with each other while enjoying a huge feast on this day. The most relished sweet of the day is meethi sevaiyan that are made in a variety of ways.
In Egypt, Muslims break their fast with a glass of milk and dates on the morning of Eid. On this day, Kahk, which is a cookie filled with honey based filling, is also made.
In Yemen, the tradition to break the fast is to have lunch with the head of the family. A sweet cake is also prepared by the ladies by folding thin layers of dough and is further topped with honey and nigella seeds.
In India, the Muslim population is more than 180 million and they break the fast b6y eating a delicious bowl of sevaiyan ki kheer, this is a vermicelli-based dessert that is often topped with dry fruits.
In Malaysia, Ed-Ul-Fitar is known as the Grand Day, “Hari Raya” and on this day family and friends come together to share their happiness with bite sized deserts known as Luih. It is a brightly colored cake made up of butter, sugar, eggs, and wheat.