Eid ul-Fitr: A sweet end to the holy month of fasting

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Sheer Khurma, one of the many delectable desserts prepared during Eid ul-Fitr
Sheer Khurma, one of the many delectable desserts prepared during Eid ul-Fitr

A month long wait, a test, a time for self-reflection, a time to show resilience; a month of piety, and devotion, will culminate this Saturday, when hundreds and thousands of Muslims, from all over the world, reap the rewards for their devotion towards their God, on the day of Eid ul-Fitr.

Also known as the Sweet Festival – for the delicious variety of sweet treats prepared on the day – Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan, the Islamic month of fasting. This day also marks the beginning of the month of Shawwal.

Typically, on Eid ul-Fitr, Muslims offer Salatul Fajr, or pre-sunrise prayer, that is later followed by special Eid prayers, known as Salaat. As it is forbidden to fast on Eid,  the occasion is thus acknowledged by consuming a sweet breakfast, usually of dates, before offering the communal Eid prayer, at an eidgah. Celebrations on the day echo with the exchange of ‘Eid Mubarak’ amongst loved ones, as they wish each other a blessed Eid.

Commemorated with good will and charity, the festival is also known for the mouth-watering gastronomic treats prepared on the day. From Sheer Khurma to Gulab Jamun, the list only gets sweeter. Although, traditionally the festival is associated with delectable sweet treats, certain places in India, with a rich Islamic heritage, are also known for other mouth watering dishes, that are sure to get your taste buds tickling, regardless of your creed.

From the by-lanes of Old Delhi in the north, to the nook and crannies of Hyderabad in the south, the food on offer holds the ability to bring out the glutton, in the best of us. Laden with ghee and aromatic spices, dishes like seekh kebabs, nihari, haleem, and biryani are the most popular, among the many delicious offerings up for grabs, on the day. Certainly, there isn’t a better day to let go, and indulge a little.

So, with food on our mind, along with a spoon in our hand, Tehelka would like to wish its readers a sweet, and blessed Eid.

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