How EID is celebrated across the world

Each and every festival is auspicious and steeped in old traditions, which embrace the festival even more. Walk across boundaries to know how EID is celebrated all across the globe.

Eid al-Fitr, which is also known as the Sugar Feast, brings the month-long Ramzan fast to an end. The joyous celebrations are filled with great gusto after the first sight of the new moon. Eid is an Arabic word for ‘festivity’ and Fitr means ‘breaking the fast.’ Many things like buying new clothes, Eid prayers and cooking delicious meals take place in all the countries. People send across lovely Eid sms, Eid shayari and Eid pictures to share more joy while the celebration of Eid. Traditions may vary from place to place, but the food is central for almost every celebration in the form of grand family fiestas. Living up the same spirit, here is how some countries across the world ring in this festival.

Egypt: The celebrations here last for four days and unlike the rest of the countries, fish recipes are the centrepiece of the feast with other well-known delicacies like Fata (it is a classic dish made with meat, onions, vinegar and rice) and Kahk (these are delicious cookies filled with the richness of nuts and wrapped in powdered sugar). Many stores and restaurants are shut during these days. People in Egypt prefer celebrating Eid with others, so the streets are always crowded during the days and nights of the festival.

Afghanistan: Egg fights are a famous and unique way to the Eid celebrations in this place. Men gather in parks with hard-boiled eggs and try to break the other person’s egg. This is known as Tokhm-Jangi. Also, to bring in the celebrations together with others, children go from house to house and say Khala Eidet Mubarak, and they get cookies or Pala during the festival.

Saudi Arabia: Eid al-Fitr is rejoiced with a lot of affection and fun in Saudi. All the people prepare extravagant meals and decorate the houses well too. It is also very common in a lot of areas for Saudi men to go and buy tons of rice and other needful staples, which they anonymously keep them on the doors for the needy and less fortunate.

Turkey: In Turkey, Eid is celebrated with sweets and is famously known as Seker Bayrami. Many children visit relatives and neighbours to greet and gift them sweets like Baklava and Turkish delight. A lot of people use the holiday for attending concerts or traditional ways of entertainment like the shadow theatre or musical acts.

Pakistan: In Pakistan, people dress in new clothes for the Eid prayer on Eid al-Fitr. It is mandatory for people to charity on behalf of each of their families to the needy and poor so that everyone is happy on the festive day. All the members of the family enjoy a special and delightful Eid breakfast with different types of desserts and sweets which include, sweet sheer korma (this is made out of milk, butter, dates, dry fruits and vermicelli).

South East Asia: Ketupat (dumplings), Dodol (Toffee like sweet), Beef rending (spicy and hot meat curry) and Lemang (a rice cake baked in bamboo) are some of the well-known dishes which are a part of the large menu during EID. The festival is celebrated in fervour in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia, where it is called as Lebaran. Oil lamps are an important thing used in the houses to illuminate them. In Indonesia, they bake a special sweet called Kue Lapis Legit, which is called as the thousand layered cake.

India: In India, a night before Eid is known as Chaand Raat. Women apply henna on the hands and feet as a part of the celebration. Gifts, money or sweets are distributed, which is popularly called as Eidi. Different kind of foods like Seviyan (vermicelli pudding), Kebabs, Hyderabadi Haleem, and Nihaari Gosht are relished.

Burma: In Burma, people enjoy eating desserts made with semolina like puddings or cakes. Another favourite during Eid is the Burmese biryani which is filled with meat, dry fruits and spices. Eidi is given to families and friends.

Iraq: In Iraq, dates are given the most significance and a dish known as Klaicha is a compulsion in every house. These are rose scented cookies filled with lots of dates and nuts.

Bangladesh: Eid al-Fitr in Bangladesh is a 3-day public holiday. There are mandatory prayers on the morning of the festival. Eid is celebrated by visiting relatives and friends and giving zakat and fitra. Like in every nation, the popular ritual here too is to wear new clothes. Apart from dressing in new clothes, women decorate their hands with henna, and everyone has a delightful meal with family and friends.

Eid is rejoiced with happiness and delightfulness in so many other countries in the world…

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