Preparing for Feast
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.