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Reasons to Fall in Love With Jaipur Monsoon

Monsoon

The auspicious month of Sawan has begun and is ready to shed its vibrant and vivid colours to nature. It is that time of the month where you explore the magnificent impact and captures the serenity as monsoon never comes alone with the rain but with the irresistible cravings for delicacies and also sways us to go for thrilling rides and indulge in the aesthetic pleasures. The pink city will make you fall in love with its beauty when adorned with the raindrops and incensed with the mesmerizing petrichor.

Here’s a sneak-peak of Monsoon oriented activities which will make you fall in love with the walled city.

Styling up the wardrobe with colourful Lehriya

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Jaipurite celebrates every occasion with a new lease of life. To mark the beginning of Monsoon season and Sawan) month, everyone drapes themselves with the vibrant colourful and traditional Lehriya.  Jaipur Bazaars are flooded with a distinctive and vivid pattern of lehriya to give your wardrobe a unique cultural touch.

So what keeps you at bay? Go and get yourself draped in the colours of Rajasthan.

Guilt-Free Eating

 

Monsoon season paves the way to binge over the local delicacies like pakodas, samosa, kachori and Mirchi vada. These roadside snacks will make your cravings irresistible and will tempt you to have more and more of it. To enjoy the drizzling you could also visit the most exciting place-Masala chowk and celebrate the tastes of Jaipur. This place will entice you to leave your diet plans aside and drool over the scrumptious food.

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Goth at Khole ke Hanuman ji

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The monsoon season invites you to hold goth(picnic) at Khole Ke Hanumanji and spend leisure time with your family and friends by savouring your taste buds with the delicious daal baati churma, Mirchi ke tapore and variety of churma’s which is served here as prasadi. This spiritual temple offers a mesmerizing view from the top of the hill which is a feast for the eyes especially in the rainy season.

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Long Drives – Nahargarh Jaipur for a view to die for

 

The month of Sawan is at its peak, waking up the weekend plans which were snoozing during scorching summer. Explore the city and do not miss the mesmerizing weekend getaway spot, situated at the rim of Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh.

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This place has to offer you a splendid picnic spot with your loved ones, eye-capturing Instagram posts, and stories and a view of the Walled City you can die for, savouring the season of Sawan with a bhutta in your hand.

Season’s best Ghewar

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Monsoons are one of the typecasted seasons of the year. It is the season when you cling towards a hot cup of coffee, a plate of tempting pakoras but Jaipurites crave for Ghewars, a delicacy which will allow you to sideline the diet plans guilt free. When eating ghewars at Jaipur, you could not think of calories any more rather you will be swayed by the undeniably delicious dessert drenched in sugar and garnished with rabri.

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Monsoon is not the only month of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but also a start to the preparation for upcoming festivities as well. The two most celebrated festivals during this season are Teej and Raksha Bandhan.  Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, celebrating the day she united with Lord Shiva after a span of 100 years. This celebration in Jaipur is an extravagant sight with lively processions, innumerable rituals, and delicious savouries inclusive of city’s one of the best Ghewar. One cannot afford to miss this if in the Pink city.

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To relish this season leisurely, pack up your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur.

Happy Sawaan Month 🙂

 

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Jewellery Trend that will rule for Spring Summer Brides

Jaipur, as we all know, is a city where big fat weddings take place. From the venue, food, decorations to bridal jewellery, everything has to be extravagant. Considering the harsh humid weather, Jaipur jewellers have come up with new jewellery trends for the brides to be in this season. So, get ready as Jaipur Beat reveals the Spring Summer Wedding Jewellery Trend for this year.

The recently concluded Jewellers Association Show left us floored with the stunning colours and hues available in the jewellery and gemstones section. Especially, for the hot Jaipur summer, light tones are making a lot of sense.

No doubt, the charm of timeless and traditional Kundan Meena will never fade away but the subtle and pastels are going to rule the world of gemstones in the upcoming Spring Summer wedding season of 2019. They will make for a delightful adornment that will give any Spring Summer Bride a refreshing look when paired with her bright coloured ensemble.

To all the brides who have been wondering how to look gorgeous on their wedding day- the Spring Summer trends are simple to follow-

1. Jaipur summers are hot, so remember if it’s a day ceremony, pair your ensemble with delicate petals & flowers motifs embellished with light-coloured gemstones. This will give a bright and breezy look. Isn’t this a classy way of showing off a bride’s beauty and youth.

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2. Ditch heavy neckpieces instead choose a multi-strand necklace with pastel colour gemstones that are also Jaipurites’ favourite pick. This will look stunning for sure!

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3. Your hand adornments shouldn’t just limit up to the bangles. Choose state of the art bracelets infused with light-coloured sapphire gemstones or the trendy haathphool

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Courtesy: Raniwala Jewellers 

 

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4. Floral motifs create a very potent and timeless image. They have every element to look romantic and can suit all kind of occasions.

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5. Red and Pink colours will always remain the brides’ favourite. Go with traditional colors but with a modern twist. Skip the traditional bangles and choose a bright and peppy watch for your wrist. The flowers add freshness to the looks of the bride.

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6. Keep it young, organic and summer fresh with a pastels statement neckpiece. Brushed with pink and green hues this neckpiece will definitely add to the feminine charm of the bride.

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7. Pearls and summers go hand in hand! Beautiful pearls create elegant and timeless pieces you can invest in.

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8. Delicate and flexible: perfect for brides! The lightness is the prerequisite by the modern bride. This absolutely stunning Galaxy necklace set with precious gemstones is inspired by nature that emits a natural light a even when it’s dark.

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Courtesy: Adhbhut Jewels 

9. Diamonds are forever! Pairing ultra-luxurious & dramatic elements with the ordinary are the new trend. The diamond bangle that can be worn as three ways. Fascinating it is?

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Courtesy: Mahabir Danwar Jewellers 

 

Wedding is the most awaited day for every girl and we know how stressful it gets when it comes to shopping. A little advice for every bride to be is while choosing your jewellery just go with what your heart says 🙂

 

 

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A Day Through Jaipur’s Walled City Market

No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city market, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. From the street vendors all around trying to sell you ethnic jewellery, clothes, toys, bed sheets, handkerchiefs, edibles and what not, to the truly colourful shops loaded with Jaipuri jootis, block print and leather handbags, wedding outfits, vibrant Jaipuri lehengas and much more- the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

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Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement and you’ll surely find yourself drooling over the local delicacies including the famous Kachoris, Samosas, Mirchi vadas retrieved from the piping hot oil and put on little paper serving plates.

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Moreover, after you have had a long day of discovering the lanes of the walled city market, you can finally binge on the Rajasthani delicacies for dinner like Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki sabzi, Laal Maas, and Ker Sangri.

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Further, while you stand right in front of the Palace of Winds, the legendary Hawa Mahal, you’ll realise that there actually are 953 windows in it. Located in the midst of the market and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, the place has an enchanting significance to it, which would surely lure you into seeing it inside out.

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You can further explore the local culture and the colours of Jaipur with the local market that offers Jaipuri leather items, junk jewellery, Jaipuri block print dresses and bedsheets, quilts, handicrafts including blue pottery items and traditional kathputlis, mirror work items, and much more.

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On the other hand, you may dive into Hindu spirituality with temples like the renowned Hanuman temple, the Govind Dev Ji temple and Garbh Griha.

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Next, when you have crossed through the booming traffic, the metro construction taking place at Badi Chaupad and the loud yet prismatic market, you are finally ready to enter the gates of the truly magnificent City Palace of Jaipur, which was once the abode of the royal Rajput rulers. For years and years, Jaipur has celebrated its legacy of having inherited this beautiful monument that presents itself as Jaipur’s crown.

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Witnessing the grandeur of living and lifestyle of Jaipur’s royals at the City Palace Museum, you’ll be taken back in time with the treasures of the bygone era. From the enticing Chandra Mahal to the mesmerizing Peacock Gate, Lotus Gate, Green Gate and Rose Gate; City Palace just never fail to bewitch you with its beauty.

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While you take away Jaipuri clothes, quilts, jooties and jewellery as souvenirs for your loved ones away with you, the most beautiful things you take along would still be the sights of the vivid liveliness of the city.

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5 Things To Be Excited For At Golden Thredz Exhibition In Jaipur!

Caution: Dreamy content ahead!

To pep up your winter wardrobe and to give you some major winter fashion goals, the seemingly Utopian lifestyle exhibition Golden Thredz- A Premium Lifestyle Exhibition is about to come true at the venue most exalted- The Diggi Palace!

The exhibit will showcase the latest fashion apparel, fine jewellery, artwork and murals, health and fitness care products, beauty & skincare products, vegan accessories and much more.

Here are some exciting things you can look forward to in this premiere episode ofGolden Thredz-

  • A feast of fashion couture, jewellery, accessories and so much more!

With the winter weddings already here, Golden Thredz brings you the trendsetting designs. Mingling the latest western wardrobe with the alluring traditional designs; With Jaipuri block prints, exclusive designer pieces for modern brides, trendy western wear, fine original and artificial jewellery, footwear and fashion accessories, mesmerizing home décor and so much more, this exhibition is going to prove itself as the most happening lifestyle collection of the year.
 

  • Whimsical Workshops

You can look forward to some worthwhile fashion and lifestyle-related tips and discussions at an indulging workshop on being organized by Deepshikha Deshmukh, the dynamic entrepreneur who is also the owner of organic cosmetic brand Love Organically. The other Fun and Detox workshop is being conducted by Deepika Bhansali on Fluid Art and Zentangle Art.

  • Live Music

To add a musical edge to the event, a live band is going to perform and light up the evenings with its magical notes. Moreover, a constant musical arrangement at the event promises a happy mood and happy shopping to you!

  • Lit Fashion Show

To set the stage on fire a lit fashion show is also going to take place at the Golden Thredz exhibition! The fashion show is being directed by the famous Ketan Bhatia and would be anchored by none other than renowned celebrity casting director and anchor Imam A Siddhiqui!

  • Food and Bar

Finally for the fashionistas who are true foodies at heart! An array of unique, healthy and tasty snacks, main course and dessert stalls will be put up so that you need not go anywhere else when the stomach growls!

So what are you waiting for Pinkcity? Just grab your basics and paint this exhibition pink with your love for fashion and lifestyle! Bring yourself to witness an astonishing range of products that Golden Thredz- A Premium Lifestyle Exhibition has to offer!

Dates: 23rd and 24th November’ 2018

Venue: The Diggi Palace, Jaipur

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Shopping Guide To Jaipur’s Bazaars

While the city of Jaipur is well known for its monuments, royal heritage hotels, history of daredevil rulers, it is also known for its aesthetic apparels, textiles and accessories. For shoppers, the local bazaars are equivalent to heaven where they find handmade and authentic products. In fact the local bazaars have much more than that! They offer extremely tasty food too. Mostly all tourists make sure that they take a look at the beauty of these places when in Jaipur. These bazaars are the soul of our city. They represent our lifestyle, culture and existence. But which bazaars are these? Let’s take a look:

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  1. Johari Bazaar

This destination attracts a lot of people. The crowd here is crazy because of its absolutely mesmerizing jewellery. This bazaar is filled with talented silversmiths and goldsmiths who trade silver, diamond, gold work and precious stones and semi-precious stones. At the same time, the fact that there are fruit and vegetable vendors too, makes this market one of our favourites!!!

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  1. Tripolia Bazaar

When we visited this market, we could not stop obsessing over the beautiful handmade lac bangles. However, you can find everything in this bazaar, from traditional bandini dyed fabrics to designer carpets and brassware too.

P.S. Let’s not forget about the food! 😛 You can find Jaipur’s famous masalas, achaars, papars, and churans.

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3. Bapu Bazaar

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Bapu Bazaar located within the walled city offers typical Rajasthani products. The market swathed in a cultural charm, offer numerous souvenirs to take for your kith and kin. From Rajasthani Mojari or jutis in vibrant colours, jewellery, to Rajasthani Bandhej or tie and die, leheria, sanganeri prints bed sheets, quilts, handicrafts, puppets everything is there in this one market. You will end up with your hands full of shopping bags.

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After you are done with your shopping don’t miss the famous Faluda Icecream at Indian Ice Cream.

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  1. Indira Bazaar

While Indira bazaar has some brilliant garment merchants, it also has shoe shops. These shops are up-to-date. They have trendy, good quality and flexible shoes and sandals for people. Apart from that, there’s a variety of high quality kitchen products available in this market. The kitchen ware includes several tools, appliances, dishes and cookware. People generally come here to buy crockery for their houses!

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  1. Kishanpole Bazaar

Kishanpole Bazaar is the place that is preferred by children!! This place has many shopkeepers that sell toys, cycles and other sports products and equipment’s. As a result, this place is colourful, lively and filled with fancy stores. Additionally one can find wooden sculptures and uniquely carved souvenirs by local artists too! Hence this market is widely appreciated and stands out from the rest.

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  1. Chandpole Bazaar

Chandpole bazaar’s creative manufactures have a lot to offer to y’all. There’s handmade and designer sarees, suits, and most importantly handbags. The beautiful flower shops add to the happy and vibrant environment. Oh by the way, in case you get tired, you can stop and eat some luscious homemade cookies and rusks. We guarantee you that these are extremely healthy and will make you go nom nom!

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These bazaars surely are Jaipur’s pride. All the products made by these hard working vendors are cheap yet of good quality. The best part is that these shops are all located at the one place i.e., the walled city.

So now you know where to go for shopping this festive season! 😉

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7 Things Not To Miss When Shopping In Jaipur’s Nehru And Bapu Bazaar

The name of Rajasthan brings in our mind the rich culture, the vibrant and colorful attires, the magnificent and graceful handicrafts and so on. With time, a lot has changed; the land of culture has slightly moved towards westernization. But to keep the very soul of the Lands of Maharajas alive, we have its markets which never fail to slake our thirst for the true essence of Rajasthan.

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Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar are two such markets of the Pink City, Jaipur. These markets (located within the walled city) are a perfect amalgamation of typical Rajasthani products and a slight touch of Indo-western. They are swathed in a cultural charm, and also offer numerous souvenirs to take for your kith and kin. These vibrant markets are always filled with shopaholics and are famous for offering you everything quintessentially Rajasthani.

We are giving you a list of things to check out at Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar.

  • Mojaris

Walking down the corridors of either of the markets, you will often stumble upon craftsmen with their dye covered hands, with somewhat eclectic and vintage footwear lined up by their side. There are several shops offering Rajasthani Mojari or Jutis, in these markets.  The vibrant colors and traditional patterns often tempt people to buy a few pairs rather than just one. Among these, the shops that stand above the rest are Tourist Shoes and Famous Nagra Shoes.

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  • Artificial jewellery

The bustling markets have an immense collection of artificial jewelry.  Innumerable shops of both, Bapu Bazar and Nehru Bazar are lined up with ethnic neck pieces, jhumkis, lac bangles, anklets, sequined necklaces and what not. The finish of these pieces is so good that you can’t differentiate from the real. So, grab the best trinkets and accessories ASAP!

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  • Clothes

Whatever you buy or leave behind, we believe picking a dress is essential if you are here. Highly alluring Rajasthani Bandhej or tie and die, Leheriya, Sanganeri Prints and Batik Prints with radiant mirror work, dazzling gota-patti work and intricate embroidery patterns are all enticingly displayed here. These shops are literally overflowing with breathtakingly beautiful prints of Jaipur, and chances are you will end up with your hands full of shopping bags by the time you decide to head home.

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  • Jaipuri Razaiyan (quilts)

The Jaipuri quilts are made up of cotton fabric and are sown with a light thread. These razaiyan are exquisite with hand block prints and are light weight, comfortable and extremely efficient in keeping you warm on a cold winter night. Nowadays though, there are polyfibre razaiyans also, so better ask the shopkeeper so you know what you are getting. These quilts are amongst most popular choices that people take back as gifts for their loved ones.

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  • Showpieces, decorative items and other handicrafts

Then there are these vendors throughout the markets who sell wares on the covered pavement. As you walk down, these small merchants call out and try to sell you mini- artefacts, baubles, hair accessories, artificial jewellery, lac pens, mirror worked pen stands, keychains, etc. And before you know it , you buy a few pieces, saying just because….

  • Puppets on a string

These are traditional Rajasthani art. There are a number of people selling puppets while simply strolling in the markets. These vibrantly colored puppets are also great takeaways for some people.

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  • Flavors of food

The seemingly casual bazaar trip becomes a tad tiring what with all your shopping bags and gentle rumble in your stomach. There aren’t many eateries here, but there is mouth water-watering chat available at almost the end of the entire Bazar. You could dig into Faluda Kulfi  at Indian Ice Cream and the super famous Guddu Ki Softy. On the other hand, if you are close to Link Road, the Cholle Wala Samosa is a must have treat.

One very pertinent tip about shopping in these markets is that you must bargain about the prices. Shopping here without bargaining is truly letting them fleece you completely.

The next time you are in Jaipur, we strongly recommend you to pay these markets a visit for some authentic Rajasthani stuff to take back home and flaunt.

Happy Shopping 🙂

 

Content and pictures by interns at Jaipur Beat.

Edited by team Jaipur Beat.

 

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The Zeal of Eid-Ul-Fitr In Jaipur

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.

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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.

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Chaand Rat

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.

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Eid ki Namaz

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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.

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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.

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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.

Eid Mubarak!

 

 

 

 

 

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