Friday, September 10, 2010


CELEBRATED IN SEVERAL CITIES - Delhi was in a festive mood for Saturday’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, with Muslims thronging the markets for their favourite delicacies and gifts and preparations on for the Eid congregations. ‘Friday is the final day of fasting in Ramadan and Saturday will be Eid,’ Syed Bukhari, Imam of the historic Jama Masjid in the city announced Thursday. Police and security personnel will be deployed at various prayer grounds (Idgahs) around the city, a senior police official told IANS. ‘Jama Masjid alone may see a deployment of around 500 policemen,’ he added. People preparing for the Eid festivities also hoped that rains would not disrupt their celebrations. Mohammed Amaan, 24, a resident of Chandni Chowk, said: ‘Eid is one of the most important days in a year. We’ve looked forward to it for a long time. We just pray that the weather doesn’t play spoilsport.’ Shamianas or marquees have been set up around the city for Saturday’s prayers. Food courts across Daryaganj, Sita Ram Bazaar, Okhla and other parts of the city are preparing their best for Saturday.

Eid traditionally is best known for the mouth watering sweet dishes like sevaiyan (vermicelli pudding). In tune with the changing times, Eid is also being celebrated over the internet. People have already started exchanging wishes over the social networking websites. ‘Eid greeting cards’ has already become one of the most searched phrase on the search engine Google in the past few days. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other political leaders have greeted the people on the occasion of Eid. ‘I wish all the Delhiites, and hope the festival brings the message of peace and harmony to everyone.’

Ramadan is a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, determined by a lunar calendar. Its close is marked by the Eid al-Fitr (festival of fast breaking) festival, which includes celebration and giving of gifts. This holiday - sometimes called the “Muslim Christmas” - is to thank Allah for seeing them through the fasting period. These celebrations should be an opportunity to unite all men, whether one is Muslim or not.

In India, even in the interior villages, all the Hindu and Muslim communities used to live very peacefully by establishing a relationship between them. The young men called the elderly members of the village by the name cācā or kākā, “uncle,” and men of the same age called each other dādā, “brother.” The relationship was very friendly. There were even invitations from Muslim houses to Hindu houses and from Hindu houses to Muslim houses. Both the Hindus and the Muslims accepted the invitations to go to one another’s houses to attend ceremonial functions. ... Conflict between Hindus and Muslims was created by polluted politicians, especially foreign rulers, and thus the situation gradually became so degraded that India was divided into Hindustan and Pakistan. Fortunately, the remedy to unite not only the Hindus and Muslims but all communities and all nations can still be implemented by the Hare Krishna movement on the strong basic platform of love of Godhead.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Śrī Caitanya Caritāmrita - Ādi-līlā
“The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu in His Youth”
Purport in Chapter 17 Verse 148

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