After a strenuous month of fasting and holding off on worldly desires, Eid-ul-Fitr is nearly upon us. As the coming of Eid marks the end of this month, Muslims all over the world are about to prepare themselves for one of the most joyous of celebrations.
Across the globe, every culture of the faith has their respective traditions when it comes to celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. However, the preparation leading up to Eid is more or less the same wherever you may reside. Be it the last minute shopping for food, gifts or clothing on the eve of Eid, it is the preparation for the Eid holidays that keeps the faithful invigorated. In Bangladesh, the scenario is no different, as people will flock off into the final nights leading up to Eid, in hopes of keeping well prepared for the religious holiday. With that said, let us see the preparations which must be made beforehand.
Eid-ul-Fitr is the diving celebration of coming out of Ramadan and food plays a prominent role in the Bangladeshi family life and culture. On the day of Eid, and the subsequent days before the holiday is over, homes in Bangladesh will be filled with the aroma of the most delicious eats one has been holding out on. It is normal to expect an influx of visitors, family and friends, to be at your home throughout the day. As a result, you can also expect to feed a lot of bellies. Common sweet dishes such as Payesh, Shemai and Firni are served first before Khichuri or Biryani is offered. Hence, it is advisable to stock up on food materials a week before in order to avoid shortages of meals, as most of the stores will be closed starting Eid.
Speaking of guests, it is better to dust the home a few days prior to the holiday to make the welcoming of your visitors more appealing. Buy new decoration pieces catered to the theme of Eid and give your home a bit of a makeover. From new bed sheets to kitchen cutlery, get your items well in advance before the holiday starts. Keep in mind to clear out the fridge as well and stock it with the delicious food you made for Eid.
The most vibrant things about Eid-ul-Fitr in Muslim cultures are the outfits. Like giving your home a fresh new makeover just for Eid, it is an inherent culture in Bangladesh to buy and dress up with the latest of clothing just for the special occasion. In the days well before leading up to Eid, people will be flooding clothing stores in search of the right Panjabis, Salwars and Sarees. If you are planning on having your Eid-wear tailored, it is advisable to have done it a month in advance for Eid as tailors refuse to take any orders when Ramadan starts. If by any chance, that ship has sailed, the good news is shopping centers are open till midnight (during this time) and a few till even the morning.
For those with family and friend living abroad or those whom who can’t make it home for Eid, make sure to send your greetings and love. You can prepare Eid cards or personalized care-packages as a show of affection for your near and dear. Make sure to have them ready and out for delivery at least 2 to 3 weeks before Eid, so it may arrive on the day they are celebrating the holiday.
Remember to take care of yourself too! Make sure to pamper yourself with out-of-the-ordinary holiday trinkets or gifts you have been wanting but were not able to avail before. It can be a nice spa visit or a new guitar. Ramadan in Bangladesh comes with Eid Offers and Discounts, so it is a fruitful idea to take advantage of it.
Charity above all else
Last but not least, do not forget to be charitable to those in need. Often it can be forgotten as Ramadan passes and people are lost enjoying themselves. Prepare to be charitable with donations and gifts during the month of Ramadan, so you can give to the needy on the day of the celebration. Nothing shines a light more than charity during this joyous celebration.