One of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar, Eid Ul Fitr also known as Eid is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). This year Eid Ul Fitr is observed on Tuesday the July 29, 2014 in Pakistan. It is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. Traditionally the observance begins with the sighting of the new moon. To mark the beginning of Eid many Muslims wake up early in the morning and pray Salaat Ul Fajr, or the pre-dawn prayers. After brushing their teeth/miswak, taking a bath and wearing new cloths using perfume, they have breakfast before heading off to perform special congregational prayers known as Salaat al Eid. While going towards the prayer ground they recite takbir, a declaration of faith, on the way to the prayer ground and give special charitable contribution known as Sadqa Ul Fitr. Eid Ul Fitr is a day of great merriment and thanks giving. Muslims celebrate by gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new cloths, giving each other gifts and visiting each other houses. A common greeting during this holiday is Eid Mubarak, which means. “Have a blessed Eid”. The Eid Festival was celebrated by Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association (SAEEA) members in Karachi. The detail is as follows: Kamal Ahmed Farooq: On the first day of Eid all the daughter and their children visited and had lunch and received gifts from their father and their kids received gifts from their uncle and their grandfather.
Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan: On the first day of Eid their daughter along with their kids visited the house and received their gifts from the elders of the family. Later all the family had lunch. Few guests from Lahore also visited and enjoyed their stay with all of the others. Later on the second and third day of Eid we all visited all the relatives in Karachi to wish them Eid Mubarak.
Mohammad Abdul Matin: Celebrated Eid with Family in a local Restaurant with relatives. The Restaurant is located at the Sea View and it gives a very pleasant view while you are enjoying your food inside the Restaurant. The Restaurant is very famous for celebrating such occasions.
Muhammad Salim Hamid: On the first day my younger Brother Akram had visited us with his family for lunch and on the second day we approached to his residence for a dinner party with them. Lot of other families visited us to say greeting to my mother as she is the oldest in the family. On the third day we went to BBQ-Tonight (a restaurant) at Boat basin to have dinner there. The Eid usually comes with social gatherings and we get a chance to meet with our relatives and friends.
Shafiq Ahmed Khan: Celebrated Eid with all his family including his daughter and their family and his son and his family and have a brother-in-Law who came from Canada to visit the family. All the family members gathered on the second day of Eid. It was a very big gathering of about forty five plus members.
Ghulam Qutubuddin Khan: Celebrated Eid with his daughter her kids and three sons gathered on the second day of Eid. The kids and grandkids had their Eid dinner with him.