The joy of togetherness

The joy of togetherness

Elaborate feast

The joy of togetherness

After a month-long saga of piety and sacrifice, the Muslim community in Bengaluru is gearing up for Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid.

With most people stuck with hectic work schedules, the mode of celebration has definitely been changing. However, spending time with family and friends is of utmost importance.

After a visit to the mosque and a round of ‘namaaz’ in the morning on Eid day, Muslims break their fast with an elaborate breakfast. The women folk cook throughout the day, treating not only their family but also guests to a sumptuous feast.

 Siblings Arfa Samreen, Aqib and Ashar Kamal say that Ramzan takes them back to their childhood when they would sit in groups and apply ‘mehendi’ on their hands.

 “We would compare each other’s hands to see whose ‘mehendi’ is darker. Receiving ‘Eidi’ (money given by elders in the family to their children) is a big part of the festival. We would count the money to see who got more. These are the small things that make us happy,” explains Arfa. Brothers Aqib and Ashar feel Ramzan is a time of patience, peace and purity. “Fasting detoxifies one’s system and gives one inner peace. It also trains one’s mind to control hunger, thirst and give up sleep. Fasting trains the mind to be disciplined and committed to the whole cause,” feels Aqib.

His brother Ashar says he looks forward to his mother’s cooking on Ramzan. The spread is lavish with ‘Mutton biryani’, ‘Chicken kebab’, ‘Chicken steaks’, ‘Carrot halwa’, ‘Gulab jamun’ and ‘Sheer khurma’, he informs.

For young couple Mifzala Ansar and Anees Shariff, Eid is a festival of warmth and togetherness. “This is our first one after marriage, so we are really excited,” says Mifzala. “Everybody in my family has a sweet tooth and we make sweet dishes such as ‘Sheer khurma’, ‘Gulab jamun’, ‘Sharbat’ and ‘Falooda’.  The festival is never complete without ‘Mutton biryani’,” she adds. Anees and Mifzala are expecting a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. “There’s no need for an invitation for friends and family. This is perhaps the only time when we get to meet everybody and spend quality time with them,” explains Anees. “‘Eidi’ is an important part of the festival,” adds Mifzala.

Nikhat Fatima and her husband Mohammed Ali break their fast with ‘Sheer khurma’. “In our household, ‘Mutton biryani’ and other dishes made with mutton are the specialities. Lunch is a big thing, especially because we will be having lunch after 30 days. Lunch and dinner will have every conceivable dish that is special to the day,” explains Nikhat, who joins her mother in preparing the dishes.

Gifting is a big part of the celebration, says Rafi Ali Khan. “The day is spent with family and friends who partake the ‘biryani’. My daughter Aaisha loves to dress up, so we buy her new clothes and matching accessories. The festival is a time to be
with people who matter the most,” says Rafi.

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