By Tehniat Tirmizi

The sighting of the crescent and the onset of Ramazan triggers the preparations for Eid in almost every Muslim household. People all around promptly gear up for Eid just like they do ever year. The Eid culture brings with it a number of pre-requisites; shopping being the vital of all. Markets are flooded with people soon after iftar and they stay open till late at night. While some actually go for shopping others are merely there for the sights and sounds. What sets apart the Eid culture is the feeling it casts in every elder and youngster consequently being one of the highly anticipated occasions of the year.

Waking up to the sound of salutations coming from the living room and the sweet smell of vermicelli, leaves you smiling. People buy new clothes and shoes for Eid as one is under an obligation to dress up nicely. One of the most exhilarating things about Eid is ‘Eidi’. Most of the children even greet their elders “Eidi mubarik” as a hint. Before Eid gifts are exchanged as a symbol of care and love between friends and relatives. People donate generous monetary amounts to charitable organisations or to needy individuals.

Amazingly Eid festivity is not just restricted to cast, colour or creed, along with the Muslims several non-Muslims also celebrate Eid with great zeal. There are only 5 percent non-Muslims living in Pakistan many of whom enjoy Eid with fervour.

Bangles are an important element of Eid. Girls buy bangles and wear them on Eid as it is also a tradition. Usually families have such a tradition going on for years where the head of the family takes out all the girls and ladies on chand raat to buy them bangles.

Markets are flooded with vast arrays of colourful and striking bangles. Henna is yet another integral aspect of Eid manifold stalls are put up; usually two or three people are sitting on the stall and making exotic designs on girls’ hands.

Henna designs are also made to look prettier with glitter and sequins as per the customers demand.

Most of the people prefer a traditional outlook on Eid, where women go for chooridars men go for shalwar kameez. Women accessorise their attire with traditional jewellery and shoes. Eid is the day where every house makes tasty food in case guests drop by and for their own delight as well. The three days of Eid are spent with enthusiasm.

Eid is not just a one day event it goes up to three days. The celebrations however persist from around a month before Eid. Eid has aura that is filled with merriment to a great extent and everyone is blanketed by it.