My favorite festival

The third assignment that I chose to pick from the assignment is related to the favorite holiday. So here you go:

My favorite festival is Eid-ul-Fitr. It is not a holiday in US. But I grew up in a country where it always was. So, today I will talk about it. Haven’t heard of it??? ..yayyy! It’s time to first teach you what it is about. Eid-ul-Fitr, feast of breaking the fast, is an important religious festival celebrated by Muslims all over the world that marks the end of the month of fasting. I grew up in a Muslim majority country where Eid-ul-Fitr is a very special occasion. We started to shop for the Eid celebrations as soon as the month of Ramazan starts; we enjoy the sparkle and enthusiasm of crowds of people at shopping centers and markets for whole of the month, and try to buy everything anew from clothes to shoes and makeup.

Muslim calendar is based on the sighting of moon. As soon as the moon is seen the evening before, celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr is officially notified and announced for the next day. With this announcement, people come out of their homes and rush to markets to spend almost whole of the night in shopping malls; young girls and women get henna on their hands and arms, and go to saloons for hair cutting, manicure, and pedicure.

The day of Eid starts with the Eid prayer, followed by the celebrations in which gifts are distributed among kids, special delicious foods are prepared at home, and big gatherings are arranged among relatives.