Ramzan or Ramadan is the most religiously significant time for all Muslims around the globe as it represents the month when the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan, which starts on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is the time for prayer, fasting, and spiritual reflection for the faithful.
What is Ramzan and Why is it Celebrated
The celebration of Ramzan begins on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar from the sighting of the first crescent moon. Ramzan, then, ends with Eid al Fitr until the next crescent moon is seen. The last ten days are also highly auspicious as the Quran was revealed to the Prophet and is called “Night of Power.”
The Ramadan fasting is from sunrise to sunset, during which the faithful must remain without eating food or drinking water along with striving for purity by avoiding behaviors that are considered impure under the tenets of the religion.
The fasting or “Roza” is broken each day by a prayer in the evening and having snacks or food called ‘iftaar,’ sharing it with family members, friends, and loved ones. The crux of celebrating Ramadan is to honor Muhammad and develop more control over the self. Towards the end of a long month of fasting comes Eid, which is the time to rejoice the ritual of Ramadan.
Traditions of Ramzan
Both Ramadan and Eid al Fitr are full of sacred traditions and practices that make it warm and cheerful.
A Month of Observance
The main activity during Ramzan is fasting while the sun shines during the day except for the elderly, pregnant women, or the sick. The days when fasting is missed can be made up by fasting at any time throughout the year. Breaking the fast is an opportunity for families and friends to get together and share a meal, which often includes a variety of dishes and sweets. There are two meals during the day: the first is the “Suhoor,” which is a pre-dawn breakfast before 4:00 am, and the “Iftar” the evening meal after the sunset prayer.
One of the more modern additions that have grown popularity not only with the Muslims but also with people of all communities is the Ramzan food festivals and food streets. While fasting is broken every day at home, it is also a popular thing for restaurants to offer scrumptious food items that are specially prepared for Ramzan. Street foods around mosques are also highly popular, and every day is a food festival for the thousands who flock to have a taste of the varieties of sweets and meats that are on sale.
Best places to visit for Eid and Iftar party
Here are the top locations in all major cities that you must visit during Eid:
- Delhi: When it comes to celebrating Eid al Fitr, Delhi has to be on the top spot. The Jamma Masjid is the go-to heritage spot for the celebration. The streets of the Masjid are teeming with roadside food stalls offering Kebabs, Kormas, Gosht, biryanis, and more. If you are taking the bus, the stop is right across the street. If you want to step it up a notch, book a ticket on redBus to Agra so you can be on time for Eid at the Taj Mahal. With the fares starting at INR 474, you can book a bus of your preference with operators such as Zingbus, UPSRTC, Krishna Travels, and more.
- Mumbai: Visiting Mumbai for Eid would mean dropping by one of the best places; the Haji Ali. Thousands flock here to celebrate and marvel at the beauty of the place. To try some delectable iftar food, head to Mohammed Ali Road that’s close to the Masjid Station. If you are traveling from Bangalore (Bengaluru), all you need to do is book a ticket on redBus and select Santacruz as the drop off point and the best bus operator to take you there. The journey typically lasts 15 to 17 hours, and the travel is quite comfortable on the Multi-Axle buses.
- Hyderabad: Hyderabad is another famous city you must be in to enjoy Ramzan and Eid festivities. The go-to place here is the Makkah Masjid, which can accommodate 10,000 worshippers in one go. The adjacent streets to the Masjid come to life for iftar celebrations with all the delicacies you can imagine and more. To get here, book a ticket on redBus from Bangalore (Bengaluru) to Hyderabad with any of the different operators you’d like. Choose a drop off location such as Charminar Bus Station and board from the location of your comfort.
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