KATHMANDU, May 3: Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the most celebrated festivals in Islam, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a month when Muslims across the world hold fast from dawn to dusk.
They offer special prayers on this day. On this day, they congregate in open spaces, mostly at mosques, and pray for their well-being and progress.
History and significance
It is believed that the Holy Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. So, Muslims consider this a holy month and hold fast from dawn to dusk and dedicate themselves to praying to Allah. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of this month. With a sumptuous meal, get-togethers Muslims celebrate this festival to mark the successful completion of Ramadan.
Since they have refrained from eating during the day, Muslims plan elaborate meals for Eid-ul-Fitr. Feasts are organised in every Muslim household and dishes like pulao, saalan, biryani, haleem, nihari, kebabs, kofte, and much more are prepared. The big draws of this day are the classic seviyan, sheer korma, shahi tukda and phirni. Muslims dress up in new clothes and greet each other.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a time for families to get together and devote themselves to prayer. Muslims visit mosques to pray under an open sky.
Here are some pictures taken by Ratopati photojournalist: