The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Preparing for Eid al Fitr 2009

Eid al Fitr Preparations

Can you believe that the holy month of Ramadan is almost over?

Muslims around the world are busy preparing for the end of Ramadan, and to begin the Eid al Fitr celebration. Eid al Fitr is only 3-4 days away depending on the region you live in.

Most Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al Fitr on September 20, 2009.

Eid Mubarak to all Our Muslims Readers!

Please enjoy the following excerpted article on how Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al Fitr.

Eid Around the World

Muslim Children in India Hug on Eid

Saudi Children in New Clothes at Eid Morning Prayers

Eid Celebrations in Luxor, Egypt

Eid Preparations in Malaysia

Shopping for New Clothes

Shopping for Candy in Palestine

In Iraq, the family will enjoy a breakfast of buffalo cream with honey and bread before going on to the family lunch together. Here, a lamb may be sacrificed for the occasion, and a special Eid sweetmeat called klaicha, a date-filled pastry, is made.

Egypt sees four days of celebration, with preparations starting several days earlier. Special biscuits are made to give to friends and relatives on the day. The men will go to the mosque early in the morning, while the women start work on the preparation of the fish that will form the centrepiece of a great celebratory lunch.

Here, in addition to prayers and family celebrations, a special sweetmeat, k'ak al-tamar, is made to serve with coffee.

In Somalia, a three-day celebration starts with a family lunch which includes rice mixed with meat and vegetables, and pasta accompanied by anjira (a thin bread prepared liked chapatti). Halva, which in Somalia is more like a cumin-flavoured custard, is also served, along with special fried (or baked) biscuits made of flour, sugar, oil, warm water and baking powder.

In Indonesia, the family lunch consists of dishes made of chicken, lamb or beef, but never fish which is too ubiquitous in Indonesia to be considered as a celebratory dish. The traditional sweet is lapis legit, a rich layered cake. Here, the celebrations will last for a whole month.

In Malaysia, three public holidays mark Eid, but the visiting and celebrations will also continue for a month. Festive dishes include ketupat (rice cooked in wrapped coconut leaves) and lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo cane), served with beef rendang.

The one exception in all these celebrations is Iran where, although the day is marked as a public holiday, there are no specific dishes made to mark the occasion. This is perhaps because, unlike most Muslim countries, the climate varies widely from season to season, especially on the high Iranian plateau. The winters are very cold and the summers very hot, and the moveable feasts of the lunar calendar preclude the preparation of annual dishes.

Eid Mubarak!


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! I loved you post! I read HERE about the different Ramzan delicacies. You may too check it out!

September 21, 2009 at 3:35 AM  

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