Eid-ul-Fitr is the day that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning festivity, while Fiṭr means to break the fast. The day symbolises the breaking of the fasting period.
The feasting and revelry of Eid ul-fitr are unparalleled by any of the other Iftar dinners held during the month of Ramadan.
Eid ul-fitr is a time when the whole Muslim community comes together to rejoice and, of course, eat.
Platters of steaming food, music, games and general merriment last till the early hours of the morning. The day is celebrated with gusto as it is supposed to be a gift from Allah after the end of a month of fasting.
During Ramadan, Muslims observe a fast during daylight hours. During the Roza or fasting period, they are forbidden to eat, drink or indulge in any form of pleasure.
The length of the celebration of Eid varies from a few days to an entire month, depending on the location. The good food, of course, is in abundance throughout the festivities.
The celebratory meal usually includes a meaty and spicy biryani, stuffed, sweet pastries and other sweetmeats.
Muslims believe Eid is a time of spiritual devotion and verbal expressions of love and brotherhood. However, what is important is that the spiritual well-being be experienced mostly with a sumptuous, mouth-watering feast.
Muslims say that Eid it is a time of religious unity when people from all religions and nationalities come together. This particular Eid is also a time of sweets including the all-time favourite sevaiyan (a dish of fine, toasted vermicelli noodles, which is served for the first breakfast after the fast) or the phirni.
The food apart, this year, Eid was celebrated with national fervour as Muslims across the Capital tied a black band around their arm to signify that they were with the nation in its fight against terror.