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EID-UL-FITR: An Insight into the Celebrations , Food and Traditions
The month of Ramadan is very sacred for the Muslim community. Muslims all over the world spend the whole month in fasting, reading the Holy Quran and giving charity.
The conclusion of Ramadan brings about the festivities of “EID-UL-FITR”.
Eid-ul-fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
On the day of Eid, Muslims from all walk of life attend the prayers in new clothes and send gifts to each other such as sweets, cash or garments.
The prayers are held in congregation either in Masjids, special halls, and community centre or open spaces.
The Eid prayer is followed by the sermon and then a supplication asking for Allah's forgiveness, mercy, peace and blessings for all living beings across the world.
The month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid is an opportunity for all to reflect upon the wonderful aspects of our life such as food, health and family, that we are blessed with.
The festival of Eid is incomplete without some mouth-watering, appetizing dishes.
1) Sheer Kurma – It is a customary dessert prepared and served to guests on the day of Eid. It is a rich vermicelli pudding made of milk, lots of nuts, dates and sugar. It is a simple, delicious and nutritious desert.
2) Meethi Sevaiyan – It is one of the signature dishes prepared on the occasion of Eid. The main ingredients are vermicelli, dry-fruits, Khoya and milk.
3) Shahi Biryani – The festival of Eid is incomplete without Shahi Biryani filled with incredible flavours. It is made with basmati rice, spices and meat. We can find many variants of Biryani across India. The most famous being “Hyderabadi Dum Biryani” The meat is marinated and cooked along with the rice and it is left on a slow fire or dum for a fragrant and aromatic flavor.
Like other festivals, Eid is an occasion to celebrate by spending time with family and friends.
During Eid, Muslims are encouraged to be joyful and to come together as a community.
There are many reasons to be grateful during Eid and each year, Ramadan teach us something about ourselves but most of all, people will spend this occasion together to think of others and to celebrate life.
It teaches us to show gratitude towards food, health, less fortunate people and to top it all gratitude towards our family.
As the festival of Eid is celebrated across the globe Eid dishes cooked on this festival vary from country to country.
Festivals like Eid provide a great opportunity for budding chefs and hospitality students to learn about different cultures and cuisines.
We at MCM wish you and family Eid Mubarak! May you always be grateful for your blessings.