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Mumbai: Eid celebrations bring in festive cheer

Eid marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, which is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Sherine Raj | Updated on: Monday, May 02, 2022, 07:59 AM IST

The Dawoodi Bohra community members greet each other on the eve of Eid al-Fitr in mumbai |
The Dawoodi Bohra community members greet each other on the eve of Eid al-Fitr in mumbai |
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The Muslim community in Mumbai and around the world are set to celebrate Eid al-Fitr tomorrow, while the Arab nations and the Dawoodi Bohra community celebrate today.

Eid marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, which is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Eid is a time of celebration by hosting official receptions, visiting relatives, greeting friends, exchanging gifts, wearing new clothes and also visiting the graves of relatives.

Talking about the festival and its importance, Ashiyana Mansuri, a member of the Muslim community, said, “Ramzan holds a special place in every Muslim's heart. It is a month of complete submission to Allah. Eid brings a wave of joy marking completion of this holy month and with a hope of acceptance of our prayers, fasting and charity.”

The Dawoodi Bohra community, like other Muslims, observed the holy month of Ramadan from the first week of April.

The Dawoodi Bohra community spokesperson said, “We traditionally celebrate Eid, and the breaking of the fast, by consuming ‘Kharak’ (dried stuffed dates) and by preparing and serving ‘Sheer Khurma’. After joining the early morning prayers on the day of Eid al-Fitr, community members will meet and greet each other and will collectively pray for everyone’s good health, happiness and prosperity.”

He added, “Throughout the 30 days of Ramadan, our members in the city and across different parts of the world gathered in their local Masjids and community centres in a spirit of prayer and supplication. We hosted community meals, undertook Quran recitation programmes and engaged ourselves in various social welfare activities.”

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Published on: Monday, May 02, 2022, 07:59 AM IST