Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Revellers usher in Eid with joy

(My article in The Gulf Today, posted for my records) 

SHARJAH: The UAE woke up to a joyful mood on Wednesday as “Eid Mubarak” greetings filled the air right from Tuesday night.
The hot, humid weather failed to deter the spirits of the enthusiastic residents who thronged the streets and hugged each other.
Many had decked up their homes and could be seen queuing outside sweet shops to buy delicacies for family and visitors.
Sharjah resident Toqeer Usman said one should not forget the underprivileged during the great occasion and refrain from indulging in extravagance. “It should be a spiritual celebration, spreading love and tolerance among all people.
“I am expecting a large number of guests at home. I wanted to pick up the sweets before it runs out. Eid for me is a perfect time to be with family and near ones,” said Zoya Mehmood, a Sharjah resident, who was spotted at a popular sweet joint in Rolla.
Incredibly, people held on to the strength of traditions by exchanging greetings and gifts, even while embracing digital technology in a way that the spiritual connection was not lost.
The social media was abuzz with Eid greetings, cutting across all nationalities and religions and ringing in a spirit of love and brotherhood, which is the prime message of Islam.
Several colourful events have been lined up across the Emirates on the Eid days.
While the prime attraction is likely to be fireworks displays, shopping deals, stage shows and a variety of buffets are also on the menu.
Years of tradition will continue with the faithful thronging mosques to listen to the Eid sermon and prayers.
Eid Al Fitr, also called the festival of fast-breaking, marks the end of the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and the beginning of the lunar month Shawwal.

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