Celebrating Eid al-Fitr (July 2015)

For as long as I can remember, the holy month of Ramadan is more than just fasting – it’s a celebration of life in general. I have been taught that the sacrifices made during the month enables us to cleanse ourselves holistically hence allowing us to live more according to the teaching of Islam.

The 9th month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is celebrated and observed on a worldwide scale by our Muslim brothers and sisters. The month lasts for 29-30 days and its observance is regarded as one of the 5 Pillars of Islam. Accordingly, it is believed to be based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory except for those who are elderly, pregnant, suffering from an illness and going through menstrual bleeding to name a few. While fasting from dawn to sunset, our Muslim brothers and sisters refrain from consuming food, water and other vices and also, engaging in sexual relations. However, food and drinks is served daily – before dawn and after sunset.

After a month long of control, patience and laughter, a colourful feast is celebrated that marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month. Known to us as the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, it is most often regarded as a festivity for those who have endured and sacrificed themselves during the holy month of Ramadan.

Today, as we come to the end of Ramadan, let me take this opportunity to greet my brothers and sisters in the Islamic faith with utmost sincerity and respect. True, we have endured more than our appetites and vices; we have sacrificed a part of our lives and learned to appreciate the very life that we have. Personally, it is during this month that my patience and self-control was challenged to a different level. With such, I am thankful.

So, how do we celebrate Eid al-Fitr? In style, of course! 

Just like the rest of the world, we too have our own ways of celebrating the breaking of the fast. Normally celebrated for 3 days, in our country, the government declares it as a national holiday for everyone to celebrate. Here, families are re-united hence making it even more meaningful.

The “end” begins with a morning prayer and followed by a hearty feast participated by all. Some celebrate it in congregations while others opt for a more private feast with family and friends. Whichever way you choose to celebrate the breaking of the fast, it’s always best if done with a pure intention and heart to further the life that you have now.

In our family, we celebrate it with love, laughter and a hearty feast. Traditional dishes cooked with a twist, kiddie friendly meals and a whole lot of fruit selections – that’s how our table looks like. Not to mention, the many sweet cakes and creations sent by family and loved ones.

Again, to all my Muslim brothers and sisters, happy Eid al-Fitr.

Make #TheRoyalChef your Thursday habit. Tag me on instagram @theroyalchefleebai for your delicious food finds!

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