Images of India : Celebrating Eid…

EidEid-ul-Fitr is one of the most important festivals for Muslims worldwide. It is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. The date varies, depending on the sighting of the moon. The day is marked by special Eid prayers, usually done in large spaces or open fields. Eid in India begins with festivities on the previous night, called ‘Chand Raat’ (night of the moon). Excitement is in the air as people crowd the bazaars for Eid shopping – clothes, shoes, fragrances. Young girls apply henna/mehendi on their hands and wear colourful bangles. Eid-ul-Fitr is also called the ‘Sweet Festival’, with sweet food items taking centre stage. Lachha Seviyan, a delicious dish of roasted seviyan (vermicelli) in milk, topped with dry fruits, is a must, along with kebabs and biryani.