With the Ramadan heading to an end, you can smell the festivities in the air marking the arrival of the festival of Eid. Jaipur is all set to host yet another festival, this time its Eid-ul-Fitr commonly known as the Meethi Eid, it is celebrated worldwide by the Muslim community.
With Eid just a few hours away, the surge of excitement can be seen among the Jaipurites. The hearts are filled with excitement and souls with devotion. Though people all around the city are more than excited, the real zeal of the festival is observed in the walled city, specially in the area of Ramganj.
The market these days are remarkably crowded. Every alley is filled with shoppers and every mosque in the city by devotees. Ramganj during the month of Ramadan becomes a flea market like none other. The shops welcome their customer right after the Iftar, the meal eaten after the sunrise ending the day-long fast and the alleys then witness people coming in for the entire night till sehari, the meal that is eaten before the dawn. The markets of Ramganj just before Eid are flooded with people like none other. Clothes, accessories, food just think of anything and you will find it at Ramganj during the night. The entire locality seems to shift to a nocturnal schedule for a month.
The festival is one of the most joyous occasions celebrated by Muslims. On the supposed last day of Ramadan, people are seen eagerly trying to spot the little crescent moon in the vast sky. With the sighting of the crescent moon on the last day of Ramadan, it is confirmed that the holy month of fasting has ended. The night of sighting of the moon is known as the Chaand Rat.
Eid ki Namaz
On Eid, the Jama Masjid of Jaipur along with all the other mosques of the city hosts a special namaz for Eid where every male member of each family come and offer their prayers and gratitude to the almighty Allah. The women of the house offer their namaz from home itself.
Sewaiyon wali Eid
At the very day of Eid, when you enter a muslim household, a delightfully sweet aroma hits your nose, women in every house put all their heart in and prepare different dishes out of which the most astonishing is sewaiyan , a sweet dish made with milk. The milk is cooked for hours to give it an extremely thick texture and noodle like sewayian are added to it with a lot a significant amount of dry fruits, specially Chuaras (dried dates) to give the sweet dish a colour and ghee giving it a rich texture. The sweet dish is especially associated with Eid-ul-fitr and is loved by almost everyone.
For children, Eid is even more joyous for they get their Eidi, gifts given to almost everyone in the family by anyone who is older than them. It is mostly some amount of money and other forms of gifts.
Eid is a symbol of oneness for people keeping aside their grudges and differences, meet and greet each other whole heartedly.
Content credit: Shanza Sarwana
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