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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Id-ul-Fitr

Today,10th April,2014,is the ninth day of ‘A to Z challenge of words’. My theme is ‘the festivals  of   India. The festival for today is Id ul Fitr           

Namaz at Jama Masjid, Delhi.



Id ul Fitr is a Muslim festival celebrated all over the world. It marks the end of fasting period of  Ramadan or Ramzan. It is  celebrated  by Muslims all over the world. It is also known as Eid ul Fitr
 Eid ul fitr and Eid. It is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. The exact day of this festival is not fixed. It depends on the sighting of the new moon. Most of the countries follow  Saudia Arabia in this context. The prayers are held in masjids or mosques. Many Muslims attend prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food). During Id ul-Fitr Muslims believe that this festival is a reward after a strict fasting  for one month. Muslims, on this day, wear their best clothes and offer 'namaz' at  a congregational prayer at masjids or mosques.


Wishing Id ul Fitr 
After offering their prayers they exchange  gifts with their neighbours and other people. They wish each other and also donate alms. Id-ul-Fitr is observed with great enthusiasm. Delicious food  and drinks are an indispensable part of the festivity. People decorate their houses and prepare luscious traditional sweets and cuisine to celebrate the festival. The most common recipe for this festival is the delicious meethi seviyan (Sweet Vermicelli).  Fancy dresses and food items mostly dominate the festival. As the festival approaches, excitement to celebrate gains momentum with the people.

The celebration of Id-ul-Fitr,  no-doubt perks up the spirit inherent in all the festivities. The significance of this festival is also interpreted as a good time to bring people together in harmony and gratitude.


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36 comments:

  1. i was expecting it to be Id, as i thought about what u would write today....! so eautifully descried!!

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    1. Thanks Titli. I did not disappoint you.

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  2. The Meethi Sevainyaan made by one of my friend's mom was yum! We used to really look forward to it, especially on Id! :)

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    1. Yes Shilpa, the sevaianyaan made them are really tasty.

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  3. Beautifully described!! :)
    Shalzzz|Loving Life
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  4. I didnt know much abt this festival, Thanks for the share !

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  5. I miss the sweet semiya of the childhood. Our landlords were muslims and we would get tiffin carriers even from their relatives. we would wait for that one day year long :)

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    1. Latha, the special semiya made by them are really yummy.

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  6. Our family friends used to send over the vermicelli but also dates stuffed with mawa/khoya. Delicious stuff and your post brought back many memories. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks ovengoodies. I am happy that your old memories were revived.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this...beautifully done. The picture at Jama Masjid is gorgeous.

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  8. The post and the happiness brewing out of the pics is so good :)

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  9. A great festival!!!! Thanks for such a lovely description!

    ~S(t)ri
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    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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  10. Another amazing festival described in such great detail! ♥

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  11. I live in the Middle East and so Eid has now become one of our festival. I also associate it with seviyaan and biryani since my friends in school use to bring these the next day. And eidi.. getting money when you visit a Muslim family ... was my favorite!!

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    1. Thanks Nisha. It is a good experience, when you associate in their festival.

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  12. Here in the Middle East, this is THE festival. We look forward to the camaraderie that surfaces at this time !! :)
    Sreeja Praveen

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    1. It must be an enjoyable experience.

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  13. I always look forward to the food on this day :)

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  14. I love the delicacies they serve on Id. Yummy :)

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    1. Very true Rajlakshmi. their food is very yummy.

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  15. now i know the significance of the festival! till now, it was jst knwn as a holiday :D

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    1. Thanks Swathi. Happy you found something new in this post.

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  16. The feast after a month long fast is certainly heavenly :) Every festival is all about sharing and that creates a special happy feeling.

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    1. Yes Reshma, Most of Indian festivals are about good eating. or fasting.

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  17. Love the id time in hyderabad, the whole city looks festive in the month of ramzan. In the evening, when one walks around the city, one can find community kitchens churning out biryanis in huge handis and a sweet dish called haleem. the sights of old bazaaar streets look extremly colorful and work all through night.

    Beautiful compilation of all the festivals for the challenge Ma'am. Loving the festive journey.

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    1. Thank you Asha. I am glad you liked the compilation.

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