Eid Day in the Life of a Pakistani Muslimah

Let’s get an insight on how an Eid day in the life of a Pakistani Muslimah goes!

Observance of Eid-ul-Fitr in Pakistan

After 30 days of Ramadan and fasting, Eid-ul-Fitr comes as a reward for all that patience. Muslims from all around the world observe Ramadan every year. It restricts them from eating anything at all after the sun comes up till the time it goes down again.

However, fasting is not limited to food intake. It also includes doing as much ibadah as possible and being careful in your daily day to day activities. Controlling your anger, watching your language, being mindful of your interactions with others, etc. 

So, after a month, Eid-ul-Fitr comes as a reward for all those efforts that we make to earn Allah’s blessings. 

Preparation for Eid-ul-Fitr

Even though Ramadan in itself is an event for all the Muslims. But the happiness of Eid cannot be beaten. Muslims make special efforts for Eid Day every year.

In Pakistan, this Eid is also termed as Choti Eid or Meethi Eid. As the name suggests, people make sure to cook some meetha in their households. More on that ahead but let’s start from how an Eid Day usually looks like.

What All Goes on Eid Day in the Life of a Pakistani Muslimah

Eid is a festival that brings back so many memories from childhood. The excitement that we used to feel as a child is no match to how we do now. With their basic understanding and minimal knowledge of Eid, children are the most excited ones.

From preparing Eid clothes to collecting Eidi from the elders, from meeting their friends and cousins to savoring delicious food all day long. It really brings out the feelings of anticipation and excitement from them.

Chand Raat Happenings!

Chand Raat is the night before the Eid. After spending the whole month preparing the Eid clothes, Chand Raat is spent on doing the last minute errands. Markets are decorated and lit as a symbol of celebrations.

Most of the people love to go out at this time, especially girls. Bazaaron ki ronaq on Chand Raat forces you to go out and get some bangles for you. Girls are seen getting their henna done for Eid. They buy their churiyan, jhumkay, khussay with full enthusiasm.

And since they do not have to fast tomorrow onwards. Which means no “abhe kha liya tou sehri main kaise khaun gi” tension. They make sure to fill their stomachs with some amazing street food as well. And let’s be honest! After roaming around for hours and hours, you deserve that.

While some girls like to go out to get their henna done and experience the festivities in the market. Others gather around in groups and do their henna at homes. Usually this group consists of cousins or neighbors. And these groups always have that one girl who knows how to apply the henna perfectly.

Everyone comes and spends the whole night applying the henna at first and then waiting for it to dry. Because obviously we want to know whose henna color is the darkest this year.

After this, the part where we all prepare our clothes for tomorrow comes. While we are busy ironing our Eid clothes and taking out the matching jewelry with it, the mothers are busy preparing the feasts for tomorrow.

Whether you’re inviting someone over or going to someone’s, cooking some meetha at home is a must. Kheer, sheer khurma, shahi tukray, firni, sewaiyan, trifle and what not. Every house has a delicacy that is prepared every year with love. It is such a wholesome moment in most of the families.

Everyone is doing their dedicated job. Mothers cook sweet mouth watering treats for tomorrow, fathers help with things like chopping the dry fruits. Brothers are responsible to manage the supply of ingredients from the market like Dudh, Bread, Dahi, etc. Sisters however are usually doing it all. Helping mothers in the kitchen, while preparing everyone’s clothes for tomorrow.

Eid-ul-Fitr

Then comes the actual day; Eid-ul-Fitr. Everyone gets up early (or maybe didn’t sleep the whole night). Take the bath, which is Islamically termed as Ghusl, put on some perfume. Wear new clothes and get ready for Eid namaz. Now in most houses, only males go and offer the Eid prayer.

However, in some houses females accompany them and the whole family goes for the prayer. If you are a Muslimah who wants to attend the Eid prayers this year. But don’t know where, here’s a list of mosques for you:

  • Faisal Mosque, Islamabad
  • Jamia Masjid DHA, Sector J, Masjid Chowk, Lahore
  • Khalid masjid, Cavalry grounds, Lahore
  • Imambargah Yathrab, Phase 4, DHA, Karachi (For Fiqh-e-Jafria)
  • Ayesha Masjid, Khayaban-e-Ittehad, Karachi
  • Masjid Saad bin Abi Waqqas, Phase 4, DHA, Karachi
  • Quran Academy masjid, Seaview, Karachi
  • Gulistan-e-Anis, off Shaheed-e-Millat road, Karachi
  • Sada bahaar lawn, off Shaheed-e-Millat road, Karachi
  • Masjid Bait-us-Salam, Commercial Avenue, phase 4, DHA, Karach

After Eid prayers, people like to visit graveyards for their loved ones who are not with them anymore. After coming back from there, it's breakfast time. It is either something super filling like Halwa Puri, Nehari, Murgh Channay or the meetha that was prepared the night before. 

Since the guests usually start coming around lunch time. So this is the perfect time to doze off. Because it’s time to gear up for all that Eidi that’s coming your way. Eidi is a gesture of sharing the joy with younger ones. So all the elders give out some money to the younger ones as Eidi.

Even though this does not have to be in cash only. You can also give out the gifts and hampers but undoubtedly the excitement for the Eidi is matchless. It also turns into a competition of who got the most Eidi among kids.

Include your family members who live away from you in Eid celebrations by sending out Eid cards to them. Order the cutest Eid Cards for them.

Mandatory Picture Session

After indulging in a feast fit for kings, there's nothing quite like the joy of gathering the entire family for some adorable and heartwarming photographs. With bellies full, it is then the time to make the hearts even fuller. From the youngest member giggling with delight to the elders sharing stories of days gone by, every moment is a precious snapshot. With smiles that light up the room and hugs that warm the soul, these family photographs are nothing short of memories. They're the cherished memories that will be treasured for generations to come. 

This cycle keeps repeating itself for the next 3 days. Sometimes you host the guests and at other times, you get to become the guests. The whole three days are a celebration of family, a time that makes you realize the importance of family ties and your culture.

We hope you have an amazing Eid this year too, filled with love, life, and laughter. Shadiyana wishes you a heartwarming Eid-ul-Fitr!

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