Eid Al Fitr is the grandest and most important religious festival to Islam, marking the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Ramadan anew. It is a time of celebration, feasting, scholarship and charities – all of which is a symbol of spirituality to Islam. Eid Al Fitr is one of the four major holidays on the Islamic calendar, the others being Eid Ul Fitr, Muharram and Eid Miladun Nabi.
How Eid Al Fitr is Celebrated
Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated with much joy and happiness all over the muslim world. On Eid Al Fitr, people return to their homes and spend the night in thanksgiving for what they have achieved throughout the month. The Eid-Al-Fitr festivities begin with the morning cleansing ritual also known as “ghusl”. This is the process of washing your body to prevent any spiritual impurities. After that, people wear their finest clothing. Dressing differs all around the world and it depends on likeness, and can differ in shape, color, and style. In a few countries, women also decorate their hands with beautiful henna patterns to mark this holy event. This festival is also incomplete without varieties of delicious delicacies. But choosing the right food options can make this a guilt-free occasion.
Healthy feasts To Try This Eid Al Fitr
Here are some of the delicious and healthy foods to eat on Eid
If you want to enjoy some mouth watering and sumptuous meals during Eid, then we suggest you go for the healthy tandoori chicken kebabs, have it with wholemeal chapatis or pitta bread. These are very easy to make and can be accompanied with many different types of salads as well. You could try making some delicious baba ghanoush or even a healthy version of chicken tikka masala. One important thing to remember is that you should not overcook these dishes and keep on adding the spices to make it sizzle away till they are almost burning.
The other very popular traditional type of healthy food on feasts during Eid is the chicken shawarma with some salad and cucumber. This is also very easy to make and is an excellent option for families. You could either choose to buy ready made shawarma from the street side or just cook your own ingredients and marinate it. Some people love to eat fresh meat and always go for plain white meat. This is one of the most popular foods amongst muslims and is always a hit at any of my parties.
You can’t forget Eid sweets. And then there is the halwa, one of the traditional Eid sweets. To make this Eid dessert healthy you can try different types of sugar-free halwas such as egg, sooji, besan, pumpkin , whole wheat, moong, kashi halwa with a good amount of nuts and ghee. Halwas are very easy to make. You can either buy or make this Eid special sweet, halwa. It tastes so heavenly and is a must try during any of the holidays.
All the above feasts mentioned are a spin on the usual muslim feasts all people eat. They add variety and sometimes spices to give them that little bit more zing. What’s great about them is that you don’t have to make a whole mess of preparing them, all you need is a little creativity and you’re set. There is no need to go and buy too many spices for meals and extra ingredients for Eid sweet dishes, all you need to do is cook a few dishes and you are done. Isn’t that great?
Healthy feasts are a great way to kick off your fasting routine if you have not done so before. They are a great way to have something light to eat during the day. The best part is you don’t have to follow a strict diet while eating these healthy feasts. Eat whatever you like as long as it does not come wrapped in a foil wrapper or sealed in plastic. Eat what you want! There are no rules! What are your favourite Eid dessert recipes and meals? Please share with us in the comments section below.