Every year in Jaipur the festival of Eid brings excitement among the people. The hearts are filled with excitement and souls with devotion. Saddly this year due to lockdown the markets are empty and everyone is celebrating in their home only. But to be honest it doesn’t matter where you celebrate until and unless you are offering your prayers from the heart. So, let’s pray to almighty for the well being of everyone and that this tough times comes to an end soon but at the moment go back to the memory lane to experience the zeal of Jaipurites during this time of the year-
Every year the markets are crowded and every alley is filled with shoppers. Ramganj market during the month of Ramadan becomes a flea market like none other. The shops welcome their customer right after the Iftar, when people pour in for the entire night till sehari, the meal that is eaten before the dawn.
The festival is one of the most joyous occasions celebrated by Muslims. On the supposed last day of Ramadan, people eagerly wait for the Chaand raat and wait 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.
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. But this year everyone will offer namaz from their home only.
Gladly even during during lockdown some rituals remain the same like the delightful aroma of various delicacies prepared during this time can still be experienced coming from every Muslim household. Women in every house put all their heart in and prepare different dishes out of which the most savoring is sewaiyan , a sweet dish made with milk and 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.
Eid is a symbol of oneness for people keeping aside their grudges and differences, meet and greet each other whole heartedly.
Let’s all pray for peace and happiness during these trying times for all and rejoice the festivities at home!
Stay home , stay safe!
JAIPUR BEATWISHES Eid Mubarak!