How to Celebrate Eid Festival

Eid is an extraordinary religious festival celebrated by Muslims all around the world. Though Muslims have two Eids, both for different reasons they are not to be confused. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated after the challenging month of Ramadan in which the Muslims are required to fast for spiritual attainment, on the first day in the month of Shawwal Muslims rejoice the ending of their fasting month with now clean souls. Like Christmas and Hanukkah, Eid marks the blissful exchange of hugs, handshakes and Eidi among the Islamic community.

Large gatherings- which include relatives from abroad and people you only see once a year- are thrown in merriment and desi, delicious cuisines are prepared. A typical Eid-ul-Fitr day starts in the morning when the men of the household gather in the largest mosque of the vicinity to offer the Eid prayers, most of them dressed in crisp alabaster kurta salwar (the traditional Muslim dress). The women of the house prepare delicious foods and sweets namely, Sheer Khurma which is a notorious dessert that Muslims make on the Eid day. Biryani, beef kebabs, sajjis and many more Pakistani and other-worldly dishes are presented in their congregations.

The eldest of the families such as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all impart name given gifts (Eidi) which is mostly in form of goodwill money to the younger members of the family. For kids Eid is mostly about who can collect the most Eidi and save it up for something big.

The second Eid of the Muslims takes place on the tenth day in the month of Zil-Haj. Eid-ul-Adha marks the celebration of Muslims because of the willingness of the great Prophet Ibrahim to forfeit his son to the will of Allah, and was replaced by a sheep before he was sacrificed by the will of Allah. And so the Muslims rejoice in the miracle that took place. On this Eid also called the Sacrifice Feast, Muslims from around the world who can afford to buy sacrificial animals such as cows, goats, camels and sheep sacrifice them. The meat of the animal is divided into three equal parts; one for the destitute, one for friends and relatives and the last one is kept for themselves.

This Eid is celebrated in the same manner but is considered holier of the two. Well, this one also consists of the heartier cuisines as most of them are prepared by meat that is either from their own share or that received by friends and family. The Eid holidays are almost a magical experience for the Islamic community and as much anticipated Eid is for Muslims many people around the world from other religions also join in their happiness at times.