I am sure a lot of you know about Eid. At the end of holy month of Ramadan (which teaches Muslims patience, gratitude and being responsible towards their communities) Eid is celebrated. It is joyful occasion in which Muslims all around the world thank God for the gift of Ramadan.
Eid is always fun but there is one night which is even more fun than the Eid day to me. It is called the “Chand raat” (the night of moon). In old times, when the world didn’t have calendars Muslims saw the moon as a sign of completion of Ramadan. In those days Muslims followed moon calendar. Nowadays, we do have the technology but Pakistan is a traditional country. So at the end of Ramadan all people go to their rooftops and wait for the moon to show up. When the moon is sighted, the party is started.
Almost every living person comes out of their homes. You can smell henna, deserts and excitement in the air.
It is a crazy day for shopping. People barge into stores like its black Friday only without any sale.
For me Eid means henna. If you take a walk in any street of Pakistan you will see professional henna artist sitting in streets and lines full of women waiting for their turn to come up.
I have always been very conscious of how color of my henna turns up. I believe in darker the better. In this place women love being the one with red hands.
Of course, bangles are compulsory.
I still have to decide my Eid dress and I am a little confused. I hope I come up with a decision by morning. I love dark colors but weather is hot so I think I might have to go with something light and airy.
The whole concept of Ramadan is about helping the less fortunate. I hope that on this Eid all of us are a little kinder, a little more helpful and share a little more to show that we care a lot more.