Festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr
The auspicious and much awaited time of reconciliation and celebration is here. Muslims all across the globe are preparing to celebrate “Sweet Eid” and more often called “Choti Eid” on 1st of Shawwal.
This year in Pakistan, Eid holidays schedule is pretty appealing. Eid is likely to fall on 16th June.
Eid-ul-Fitr; one of the two annual religious festivals mark the end of the glorious month of Ramadan. It is a token of love and blessings from Almighty Allah for all the good deeds, charity and fasting that Muslims perform in the sacred month of Ramadan.
Muslims all over the world spend ample money on Eid preparations and also in term of paying of Zakat (charity) in a hope to get maximum reward.
Eid preparations instigate with the inception of the blessed month of Ramadan. Towards its end, markets are jam-packed with colorful stuff. Beautiful outfits, bangles, shoes, matching accessories, jewelry, all are required at Eid.
The beautiful tradition of “Mehndi” is revived on Eid. For Pakistani women and girls, Eid can’t be complete without traditional mehndi designs on their both hands. It wouldn’t be wrong if we call Eid as the occasion for kids. Kids are always super excited for Eid as they get handsome eidis, gifts and new clothes.
For Eid and the parties that follow, ladies closely watch attire, footwear and jewelry trends. No matter what, tailors and beauty salon visits are usually extended till chand raat.
The night preceding Eid-ul-fitr when the moon is sighted, is name as the Night of Reward (Laylat al – Ja’izah) in Hadith and we call it “Chand Raat”. It was the practice of the Prophet (PBUH) that he would not sleep in the night preceding the Eid day and spent it in offering Nawafil.
Whereas, here Chand raat is perceived as the night of excitement and enjoyment for everyone who seeks to complete the Eid preparations. Girls rush to the markets on “Chand raat” for applying henna and matching bangles either with their male family members or with friends. Meanwhile a huge number of loafers step out in groups too and wander markets just to stare and hoot all the females indulged in shopping. The haphazard situation of markets and shopping stalls at Chand raat is beyond description.
Then Muslims offer Eid prayer and greet Eid everyone around.
Well decorated markets and buildings, Eid greeting, exchange of gifts, visits to relatives’ places, eidis, cakes, sweets, delicious desserts and foodstuff, are the real festivity of Eid-ul-Fitr.
No matter where our family members and loved ones are residing, they are bound to return to their hometowns to enjoy Eid with family, friends and relatives. It brings family closer and enhances the affiliation and love, making them forget all the differences and any ongoing tussle.
While relishing the festivity of this Eid, don’t forget to share the happiness and blessings of Eid with the needy ones too.