Guwahati, June 4, 2019:
As Muslims around the world bid farewell to Ramadan, they also prepare for Eid ul-Fitr, which is one of the biggest festivals marking the end of the holy month.
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Eid ul-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” which is being observed for a period of one month.
People exchange greetings saying “Eid Mubarak”.
Eid ul-Fitr begins with the first sighting of the new moon for which the Muslims have to wait until the night before Eid.
Similarly in Assam too the Muslims are all set to celebrate the day.
Traditionally, the men start the day by participating in the dawn prayers, reading “Namaaz” in the early morning at the nearby Mosque. They then visit the grave of the deceased of the family members for “Duwa”, a prayer for the peace of the departed soul and return home to celebrate the festival.
The women start their day by reading “Namaaz” at home. They then start preparing the delicacies for the day-long feast which begins with “Sewai”, a sweet dish made with milk and offer it to all.
Polao, mutton, chicken roast, keema, etc. are the showstopper on the menu. Rooh Afza is the key drink at this festival. However, other fruit juices are also important. Apart from these, ample dry snacks are being prepared before Eid to serve the guests.
The people spend the day visiting relatives and neighbours and accepting sweets as they move around from house to house.
Children are offered gifts and money to celebrate the joyous occasion.
On this day, the poor are being offered zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Zakat is a portion of one’s income of the economically sound family which is being offered to the poor. Whereas, Fitra is exercised among the families whose income is less.
They spend the day well with friends and family members.
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