>>>>>>>all the way from Karachi, Pakistan. >>>>>>>>>>
Well...First comes CHAAND RAAT( the night before Eid). Women and girls go to parlours for beauty rituals- facials, cleansing, haircut, manicures, pedicures etc. Parlours are usually seen extended with a tent to accommodate the hoards of women there for MEHNDI ( Henna) to decorate etheir hands with. People roam about in streets, malls, etc to see the glitz and excitement of that blissful night. Some of us pray to ALLAH in the night as this is the night when ALLAH PAK gives us the reward of 30 days fasting by accepting our prayers and wishes!
The Eid day is celebrated starting off with Namaz eid-ul-fitr. Then everyone come home we get Eidi ( goodwill money on Eid). We get dressed up like dolls wearing new clothes, bangles, jewellery, make up, shoes- just totally trendy and tip-top!!. Dishes are made -mostly sweet dishes, kheerm, sheer khorma, Vermicelli, cakes, sweet meat etc. and for main course Biryani, Quorma, Nihari, Haleem spread out over days to come! Then we go out to visit neighbours- exchange Eid gifts and cards. The emails and sms are full of Eid greetings !
In the evening people have dawats(dinners) at each other homes esp. relatives. Long prevalent problems, grudges are forgotten. everyone calls out or reaches out to the other person to meet. Usually we have 3-4 working days off in Islamic countries. I wish our Muslim people in other countries also got the same. Second day is usually for family friends or social circle when people go out for dinners usually. Sometimes young ones gather to watch cinema late night, but mostly Films are shown on Tv these days. The tv. offers a real wide variety of Eid related programmes mostly- comedy ones, witty ones, songs etc
p.s. Just finished uploading a rather vibrant (too gawdy for most) Header..but yeahh am happiee shappy..so lemme be!! ;-)))