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Published on : Thursday, June 30, 2016
Eid-Al-Fitr, a three-day long festival at the end of Ramadan, is a time for celebration and good food, after a month of continuous fasting. Being a traditional holiday, Eid celebrations are similar the world over, with certain unique local practices that are particular to certain countries.
In Afghanistan, for instance, egg fights are the highlight of this festival. A typical family will buy around 200-300 eggs, boil them and paint them in seven colours: red, purple, green, yellow, pink, black and white. The men will then gather in the local park and try to crack each other’s eggs. This game is known as Tokhm-Jangi.
In Turkey, Eid is more commonly referred to as SekerBayrami (Holiday of the Sweets) and children go door to door, wishing people a happy Bayram (holiday) and receiving candy and traditional sweets in return.
In Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Eid is celebrated with great enthusiasm and they follow the custom of mudik or balik kampung, where people meet their family and relatives and ask for forgiveness. Pelitas (oil lamps) are used to illuminate homes. In Indonesia, they also prepare ‘Kue Lapis Legit’, also known as the thousand-layer cake. It is inspired by the Dutch cuisine and is made with flour, butter and a host of spices.
In India, the night before Eid is called the ‘ChaandRaat’, and is a day of celebration when families gather in open areas to spot the new moon, officially signaling the end of Ramadan.
“In spite of being a widely celebrated festival, most people are still unaware of the intricacies of the festival hence to make this coming EID memorable we are offering some excellent holidays in Dubai and some other destinations during this Eid,” says NidhiBatra, co-founder of Nirvana Excursions, a boutique travel company.
“We firmly believe that every festival has something unique to offer us, and this time, we would love our travellers to experience Eid in its natural setting.”