Eid marks the end of Ramadan, a religious tradition where Muslims abstain from food and water between dawn to dusk during the period. They follow the Islamic lunar calendar where the followers of the faith offer Eid prayers in Eidgahs and mosques on the first day of the month of Shawwal.
People observe roza (fast) during the holy month of Ramadan and people are already gearing up to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with great fervor and gaiety. This year, Eid ul-Fitr in India is expected to begin on the evening of June 14, Thursday and end on the evening of June 15, Friday.
Eid – The Festival Of Love, This festival brings joy for every people out there. Just like that Lucknow is also overwhelmed and all the Lucknowites are overjoyed because their favorite festival is just around the corner. Lucknow – The City Of Nawabs, Well the name says it all the Nawabi city is ready to celebrate there “Lucknow Ki Eid” We will know more about ‘Lucknow Ki Eid’ but first let’s have a glance and know more about EID.
Chaand Raat or ‘The night of the moon’ is a festival which marks the end of Ramadan or Ramzan. It is celebrated by the Islamic community across the world, especially in the Indian sub-continent and among those who have emigrated from the sub-continent to other countries. Chaand Ki Raat occurs on the eve of Eid and is a prelude to the celebrations of Eid as well. At the celebration, the neighborhood comes together to shop, eat and welcome the month of Shawwal, the first day of which is Eid. One of the highlights of this celebration is a small scale fair that is set up either within the neighborhood or fairgrounds which offer clothing, jewelry, henna tattooing, fashion items, games for all as well as arts and crafts.
Muslims across India celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with exuberance and religious fervor, marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan. Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims all across the globe. During this time, they abstain from food and water from 30 minutes before the sunrise to sunset. The fasting ends on the occasion of Eid. After offering the Eid namaaz, families, friends, and neighbors congregate together and exchange pleasantries. The festivity is marked with the preparation of a special dish of “sheer-korma”, a sweet preparation of milk, vermicelli and dry fruits.
Lucknow Ki EID
Lucknow is ready to wear a festive look as on ‘Chaand Raat’ (Night of the new moon) as all city markets, including, Aminabad, Maulviganj, Rakabganj, Yahiyaganj, Chowk, and Nakhhas were decked up celebrating the eve of the holy month of Ramzan. From shops to kiosks selling dates, fruits, chips etc to skull caps, kurta-pajama, burqas, and also religious books all are doing brisk business.
After sighting of the Ramzan moon, celebrations will begin in the Lucknow City in full swing. Marked with a growing hustle bustle, small lit up shacks of sewain and the something that you just cannot ignore — the mouth-watering aroma of nihari qulche! Set against the beautiful background of lights and firecrackers, the streets adopt a different unique charm as people come out of masjids after maghrib namaz (evening prayers) to exchange greetings. Yes, that is what Lucknow Ki Eid looks like.
Besides Siwain, lachchhe, dates and seasonal fruits like mangoes and bananas, the onset of Ramzan also marks higher profits for the local non-vegetarian food points. The aroma of sumptuous non-vegetarian delicacies, most popular being the traditional nihari-qulche and the ‘melt-in-the-mouth-kebabs’, is sure to attract you/.
To add to these are the new clocks with a screen as wide as any LCD television which show namaz timings and even play the’Azaan’ (call for prayer) at the right time!
The streets were filled with voices of excited women, busy shopping for ‘sehri’ snacks while their little ones were spotted indulging at the nearest chaat stalls and prayer rugs in Maulviganj. A joyful festival with lots of fun, tasty food and filled with happiness, that what ‘Lucknow ki Eid is’
In Lucknow, people gathered together early morning to offer the special Eid prayers at mosques post which the joyful celebrations began. ‘Lucknow ki Eid’ is something you can’t afford to miss. So get up go with your loved ones and enjoy the Lucknowi EID.
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