2 years down and the josh on Eid is still high

Eid is a festival celebrated by the muslim community of the country. It is usually celebrated in the month of May. They say the day when Eid is celebrated is decided on the basis of the moon. Eid-ul-fitr, the Arabic name for the festival begins with the sighting of the crescent moon. This year Eid falls on the 3rd of May and it is also the first Eid after two years of lockdown.

The festival is preceded by a whole month of fasting. Muslims are known to observe a fast from dawn to dusk. The fast can range from not having even a glass of water to having fruits and milk throughout the day. According to the Quran, all adult Muslims are supposed to observe a fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Eid before and after the lockdown

Due to Covid-19, the world went into a standstill. This standstill even stopped people from celebrating festivals in these two years. Bengaluru has always celebrated Eid on a grand scale. Streets buzzing with people on the food streets during the month of Ramadan. During the last two years, these food stalls and the buzz of people were missed. Nonetheless, they are all back this year.

Mosque and Eid wishes
Eid wishes that people shared on social media.

On the day of Eid, men dressed in all white and women get dressed in new dresses. They wake up in the morning and pray, men pray at the mosque and the women at home. The women in the house finish their prayers and wish β€˜Mubarak’ which means greetings to each other. Young people and individual families visit their relatives and elders and receive Eidi from them. Eidi is a gift or a present that the elders of the house give the younger people. Families prepare Biryani and special varieties of sweets along with brinjal curry and raita. Eid was different for many this year owing to the losses experienced during the pandemic. Aaliya, who celebrates Eid every year said β€œFor me last year’s Eid was very disturbing as I lost my grandparents due to Covid. Eid finally feels like Eid this year.”

Despite whether the people celebrate any festival or not the feeling of having that festival, brings a sense of peace. If there are no more lockdowns, 2022 will continue to be a year of festivals. Like Khloe Kardashian setting a trend for revenge, celebrating festivals after two years is termed as revenge celebration.

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