On Sunday night, they sighted the Eid ka chand. And the festivities began. Monday was a day filled with food, fun and family get-togethers as Muslims celebrated Eid-ul-fitr.
It marks the culmination of Islam’s holiest month, Ramzan, spent in prayer and fasting.
On Monday, the fasting gave way to feasting, warm embraces and cries of ‘Eid Mubarak’ filled the air.
“We’ve prepared sheerkhurma (a special sweet) to share with our friends and neighbours,” said a 30-something Mazgaon resident Mohammed Amin.
The sweet dish is served to guests during the festive season.
The city’s streets were bustling with families dressed in finery, most of them out to greet relatives. “It is a tradition to visit relatives and friends during Eid,” said Ismail Takiwala of the Dawoodi Bohra community, which officially celebrated Eid on Sunday.
However, the hectic pace of life in Mumbai seemed to have taken its toll on tradition.
“In Mumbai, it is no longer easy to commute long distances,” said a homemaker from Byculla, who did not wish to be named.
“So, meeting relatives has reduced over the years.
Now, one visits relatives living in nearby areas only,” she said.
Twelve-year-old Sana Agvan seemed pretty excited at the tradition of receiving Eidi (money given by elders).
“Besides, an Eid party has been organised for children in our locality,” said Sana. “There will be a disc jockey and a host of games,” she chirped.
With time, traditions may have changed, but the festive spirit lingers on.