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The best thing about festive seasons is the abundance and vibrance that they glide in with. There is always something to look forward to, something to celebrate while we brush aside all our worries for a brief yet hopeful period spent with our loved ones. Growing up in India, every festival with its diverse origin fascinated me. The whole nation beamed with joy like a bride wearing her brightest smile, but Alas! The grim times we are all facing right now pour cold water on the cheer this year. Although I took this time to dive back down memory lane to an Eid celebrated at my best friend’s house, I hope the nostalgia kicks in and leaves you with a smile on your face.
Eid-al-Fitr is the day that marks the end of the month of Ramadan (the holiest month of the lunar calendar), which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Fun fact: Ramadan is a word derived from an Arabic word which means “scorching heat” so it’s only fair to celebrate the end of the month that is named after this weather condition! The celebration of Eid customarily starts the night before when the beautiful crescent moon makes her first appearance. My friend said to me that looking at your loved one’s face right after catching the very first glimpse of the moon brings happiness and good luck. And this is where the grand festivities began in their house! The whole family set out to decorate the home with lights and flowers, Bukhoor was burnt which left the home fragrant, then my friend pointed out that Eid wouldn’t be Eid without Bakhoor! Now, for those wondering what that means, Bakhoor are wood chips that have been soaked in perfume oil and are mixed with other natural ingredients.
The day of Eid also starts with Bakhoor, prayers and the best part - the first meal of the day. The aroma of Biryani, Sheer Khorma, Meethe Gulgulay carry you right to the kitchen door like a moth drawn to a flame! The men of the house head to the Mosque while the women prepare the meals and offer their Eid Prayers at home, all before noon. The chimes of laughter reeled us into the dining area which was almost magically set up with all the sumptuous Eid dishes! Then the family gathered in merriment, sharing photos and memories from past Eid celebrations, the elders of the family then gave out “Eidi'' which are gifts given to the youngins to encourage them to put their hearts into the fasting and other rituals of Ramadan. Thus concluding the beautiful day with prayers and hopes for a safe and happy future.
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On behalf of the Riwayat team, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy Eid with your family and friends (even if it’s a virtual celebration) Eid Mubarak! We hope this Eid brings cheer and positivity to each and everyone.