|الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر|
|لا إله إلا الله|
|الله أكبر الله أكبر|
The fasting days are over. Its time to celebrate another Eid, Id-Ul-Fitr, one of the two important festivals each muslim is allowed to enjoy.
Pictures that come in to mind, when writing about Eid, are the good old Eids spent with our big family. we, my papa, umma and my bro, uncles, aunties and cousins, used to live in a single house, what we call tharavadu. Unlike the current nuclear families, it brings in a lot of joyous moments, love and care to your life.
We usually used to celebrate eid in a modest way with no extravaganza.New clothes and footwares are always an importartant part of the festival.unlike ready made stuff me and bro used to get our pants and shirts stiched and the footware usually would be uncle’s gift. Its a pleasure to stay awake in the night before eid, with no reasons some times, until mom pushes me and bro to bed.we’d wait for uncle to get some crackers in the night which we really enjoyed during those days.
The prayer in the morning used to be by around 7 in our mosque on the day of id-ul-fitr. we’d have some cake or sweets bought by uncle to have just before we leave to the mosque. Kochappa (My Uncle) would have few 100 rs note in pocket to gave away to all of us as ‘sakat’ before starting to mosqu, well that was a huge amount for us
Previously, we used to have ‘eidkhah’ , an open shed like construction with temporary arrangements for prayer, just near to home. Due to lack of space, the mosque committee was forced to shift the eidkhah to a small ground in front of a madrassa in our locality for the past few years.Once the prayer is over, an invited Imam would give away a short speech (qutuba) on the importance of day and gives advises. Everyone would pass wishes and hug each other on the eve of eid.
I’d visit few of my relatives houses near by after having the breakfast. Its a part of the festivel, you got to visit your relatives especially those who are sick .Well, the most imprtant part is the lunch on eid day . we’d have chicken biriyani usually along with other dishes. Me and bro,after the food, would set to kadalundy, my moms place to visit my grandma and uncles whom I always love being with. Fact is, whenever me and bro visit kadalundi, umma and pappa would have hard times to bring us back .I’ll be posting about kadalundi shortly.
Time just passed away and now, for this eid, I’m in bangalore along with work. I dint get to take leave due to some circumstances and had to stay back. Well, eid would hardly be complete for umma without us. In fact, I’ve had a couple of eids away from home. once when I was in coimbatore and once when I was in B’lore itself last time. Anyway, for the next eid, I’ll, for sure, be home to celebrate it at full fledge with all