The Festival of Fasting and Feasting: Sherin and Qutub Alam Khan

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

Sherin and Qutub Alam Khan with Anam Fatima Khan and Mohammed Ibrahim Alam Khan

Ramzan to you is…

An opportunity to be a better person – to fast, worship and give to poor as much as possible. 

It is special because…

As it gives one time to sit back, reset, and detox – mentally and physically. These 30 days are about taking it easy from the rest of the things that are done through the year. It is more about spending time with the family and praying.

A perfect feasting meal comprises of…

Large glass of cold juice, big bowl of fruits and dahi wade.

How do you celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr?

After the morning prayers, the men come back home to khichdi keema, khatti daal, paapad, achaar and sheer khorma. It is a day spent with the family, and that is what makes it special.

Three special dishes you look forward to…

Haleem, dahi wada and sheer khorma

Your favorite haleem joint is…

Chicha’s