Pre­par­ing for Feast

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Zakaria Muhammed

There are only a few days left in Ra­madan Month. Peo­ple are pre­par­ing them­selves for the big Mus­lim feast (Eid alFitr). It is the na­ture of Kur­dish peo­ple who, a few days be­fore feast, head to the mar­kets for buy­ing clothes and food.

The re­joic­ing starts as soon as the Eid moon is sighted in the sky. Ev­ery Mus­lim wants to wear new clothes on Eid and crowds of cus­tomers throng, the shop­ping cen­ters mak­ing their last minute pur­chases on the days prior to Eid.

The malls and mar­kets have al­ready got over­crowded with huge num­ber of peo­ple; the shop­keep­ers have the best busi­ness in this cur­rent time. Strolling through Er­bil’s down town mar­ket, it is easy to see peo­ple’s eyes are only on the things that can be ei­ther eaten or worn dur­ing the feast days.

It is hard to pass through the tra­di­tional Qais­ary Bazaar in Er­bil due to the large num­ber of women look­ing for suit­able clothes to wear in the feast. Chil­dren and teenagers are mostly seen in Nish­ti­man Mall where the fash­ion­able clothes made in Tur­key are ex­posed.

The Sheikhal­lah Mar­ket is adorable as noth­ing is as much de­manded as foods peo­ple use for the spe­cial break­fast. Un­like nor­mal break­fast, Peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan fix a dif­fer­ent break­fast in the first day of the feast. Rice, chicken, raisin, and apri­cot soup are avail­able at any home for the break­fast.

The sweats, choco­lates, nuts, and juice are pur­chased highly in this cur­rent time as th­ese foods are served to guests in the feast days.

Eid al-Fitr is a time for fel­low­ship, so­cial­iza­tion, and good wishes, and it is cel­e­brated with a va­ri­ety of lo­cal tra­di­tions all over the world. Eid-ul-Fitr is im­por­tant for Mus­lims be­cause it gives the hap­pi­ness on the faces of all type of peo­ple, rich, poor, old peo­ple, young­sters, chil­dren, males and fe­males.

All peo­ple dress up in their best on this oc­ca­sion or at least neat and clean clothes and at­tend prayers at the lo­cal Mosque just af­ter dawn. Af­ter say­ing prayer, the preacher gives an ad­dress to peo­ple and af­ter that peo­ple hug each other and say «Eid Mubarak», and then they re­turn to their homes.

Peo­ple buy nuts for feast days in Er­bil down­town mar­ket.

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