By Afshan Zahra
Celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for thirty days. The celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr usually begin by prayers in the mosques where Muslims gather to offer specific Eid prayers.
During Eid celebrations, Muslims wear new clothes; greet their neighbors, friends and family and exchange gifts as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood. The whole day is filled with food especially sweets and mithai. In some parts of the world and especially in Pakistan the elders give “Eidee” to the young ones. It thus makes the Eid a long awaited and benevolent day for the young ones.
The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr not only has a religious essence but also carries a social connotation. Like other social festivals, Eid-ul-Fitr is also observed with great zeal and zest. Appetizing foods and drinks are an indispensable part of the day. The most common dish prepared on this day is the delicious meethi seviyan (Sweet Vermicelli) and Sheer Khurma prepared from various healthy and mouth-watering ingredients and recipes.
Verily, Eid ul Fitr is a magnificent reward of Allah (SWT) that symbolizes a reward for month long fasting and self control in Ramazan.