Celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr in India
India is a country where multiple religions are equally respected. Be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian, people here are free to celebrate their respective festivals according to their rituals and traditions with huge gusto. As we all know that the holy month for Muslims, Ramadan has come to an end and they are all excited to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, meethi Eid. Eid-Ul-Fitr, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast or end of the Islamic holy month of fasting (Ramadan). According to the Hijiri calendar, Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the month known as Shawwal, which is the tenth month in the Islamic calendar. This holy day indicates Muslim brotherhood and their devotion towards the almighty that helps them attain self-control. As per the customary Muslim belief, the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad in the last ten days of Ramadan. Therefore, Eid ul-Fitr also commemorates this significant occasion as well.
Being the second largest community of India, Muslims forms a very significant part in the country’s social, economic and cultural stratum. Eid ul Fitr is amongst the most significant occasions in the Islamic festival calendar and is celebrated with great enthusiasm across India with congenial spirit of universal peace and brotherhood. Visiting friends and relatives and feasting joins the entire country with thread of communal harmony as people of various faiths participate in the merrymaking, which ensues on this occasion. On the occasion of Eid ul Fitr, various mouthwatering delicacies are prepared and then eaten together by the entire family. These gourmet dishes are also distributed among neighbors and friends. Some of the most traditional dishes that are cooked on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr are Badam Phirni (sweet dish), Nawabi Biryani, Haleem and Seviyan (sweet dish) etc.
On the day of popular festival Eid, Muslims go to the mosques to perform the special Eid prayer in the early morning, visits their friends and families, exchange gifts and share good wishes. They also do charity and donation of food barley, rice, dates, cloths etc.
Some of the interesting places for Muslims to celebrate this holy festival are:
Jama Masjid is mostly the first to offer Namaz to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is a 350-year old heritage site which becomes the capital’s centre piece during this time of the year. During the first azaan, this mosque is packed with devotees and those who can’t find place inside the mosque settle down on the stairs and the street outside to offer their prayers. Nearby place, Chandni Chowk is filled to capacity with a vibrant crowd out to celebrate this occasion in their best attire. Traditional confectioneries and bakeries get extensive business on this day.
In Srinagar, thousands of devotees join-in for Eid prayers at Hazratbal Mosque, which houses the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad. The Mosque is located on the banks of famous Dal Lake. The alabaster shrine sparkle in the bright sun framed by the snow clad hills & the beautiful Dal Lake. The usual deserted streets are filled with people shopping for Eid. It forms a heart-warming sight with full of hustle-bustle and yet with a feeling of absolute calm and complete peace.
Chaar Minar (Hyderabad), Haji Ali (Mumbai), Machkhowa Eidgah (Guwahati), Masjid-E-Khadria (Bangalore) and Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad) are some of the other popular places to celebrate Eid.
EaseMyTrip wishes you all a peaceful and enjoyable Eid-Ul-Fitr. Eid Mubarak!!!