The Festival of Fasting and Feasting: Nazia with Keyaan and Nairah Azam

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar, is celebrated all across the world by fasting from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are what complete the holy month. Muslims look forward to opening their fast on the 30th day, with the festival Eid-ul-Fitr, which they celebrate with great pomp and showWe went into the homes of some well-known Muslim families in the city, to get an insight on how they spend this auspicious month and, anticipate and prepare for Eid.

Text: Anahita Ahuja

Nazia with Keyaan and Nairah Azam

Ramzan to you is…

This is that one month I feel most at peace with myself. Feeding the lesser fortunate and giving them clothes gives me the most happiness.

It is special because…

It means quality family time, where the families come together for meals and prayers. This year is my sister-in-law’s first Ramzaan post the wedding, which means that there will be more celebrations.

A perfect feasting meal comprises of…

Dates, dahi wada, sandwiches, spring rolls, nahari with naan, and fruits. Thanks to summer it’s raining mangoes, so aamras is a must. And yes, haleem!

How do you celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr?

On the day of Eid, the men of the house go to the mosque to offer special Eid prayers along with the Jamaat, while the women pray at home. This is followed by a lavish lunch at home with family. Kids are excited because they receive Eidi. New clothes with itaar and essence of oudh is spread in the house. 

Three special dishes you look forward to…

Sheer korma, Badam ki Jali with adhrafi and musbi.

Your favorite haleem joint is…

The best haleem is made at my house, so we have never felt the need to go out to have it!