Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated by Islamic community across the world just the next day of seeing the moon. The very festival, which is also known as Feast of Breaking the Fast, bids goodbye to the Holy month of Ramadan. In India, Muslims adorn themselves with new clothes, distribute sweets and share hugs among families, friends and relatives. It is a three-day celebration with a national holiday. The atmosphere is reverberated with firecrackers that sometimes give feeling of entering into a different world.
The following are India’s top places that give perfect vibe to mark the festival in style.
• Delhi: Undoubtedly, Delhi is a leading destination where Muslims gather at the largest mosque of India to offer prayers. Jama Masjid and its surrounding areas come to live as huge number of people throng to the mosque in the morning. It sees one of the largest gatherings of Muslims in the world. What make the day more special are the dishes. From the delectable kababs to Sewai, the shops showcase their best to entice people. Try at Gali Kababiyan, close to Jama Masjid, for Haleem, Ramzan special dish.
• Lucknow: Aishbagh Eidgah is the biggest prayer ground in the city. The Aasif Masjid is another place to offer prayers in Lucknow.
• Srinagar: Are you in Srinagar? If so, you will probably be attending the biggest congregation at the historic Eidgah. Take a break from your busy life and head to Lal Chowk to buy new clothes, shoes, sweets, jewelry and many more on the eve of Eid. Also, try your hands at Goni Market, Zaina Kadal and Regal Chowk if you are fascinated by apparels and jewelry. Dargah Asar-e-Sharif hazratbal is also a renowned spot where special prayers are offered.
• Hyderabad: Thousands of devotees make their way to Mecca Masjid or Makkah Masjid. It is one of the oldest and largest mosques in India surrounded shops that remain open throughout night during the festive month. Some of the shops are more than a century old. Golcondaidgah, Masab Tank, Mir Alam Tank, Madannapet and Secunderabad are equally popular for offering prayers.
• Mumbai: Why don’t you pamper yourself with the special Ramzan delicacies in the Dream City of Mumbai? Home to Bollywood, Mumbai allows people to make their way to Mohammad Ali Road at Masjid Bunder. From sweets (falooda, phirni, mawa jalebi, malpua and rabri) to various meat dishes (goat leg soup, goat brain gravy and roasted quail bird), people can indulge in a wide variety of foods. Eye-catching stained glass and superbly painted wooden windows make Minara Masjid so gorgeous. Azad Maidan, Juma Masjid and Anjuman-i-Islam are to name other popular venues for prayers.