The month-long Ramadan fast is coming to an end soon and we will celebrate soon the three-day Eid ul-Fitr. Although the celebrations may vary slightly from region to region, the food is one item which forms an integral part of this festivity. No matter where you are, you'll experience some delicious family meals prepared for the occasion.
You've probably seen how the children love visiting family and friends to collect gifts and treats, as this is customary in many countries during Eid ul-Fitr. If you're traveling during Ramadan, you'll be fortunate to taste some of the loveliest sweet treats.
[caption id="attachment_1817" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Iraqi pastry - klaicha[/caption]
An Iraqi dessert known as klaicha, is a date-filled pastry with a rosewater scent and is popular to have at family feasts. A similar sweet called ma'amoul is eaten in both Syria and Lebanon, made with either dates or ground walnuts. Palestinian butter cookies, ghraybeh, are filled with crunchy almonds or delicious pine nuts, which make a tasty treat. Indonesians also like to feast on an impressive sweet dish known as the "thousand layered spice cake" which is a rich dessert introduced to them by the Dutch.
The food at the festival is some of the tastiest, mouth-watering combinations you will ever have. Here are some breakfasts you should consider trying. One of the traditional Eid breakfasts which they have in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, is called shemai. It consists of seviyan, which are toasted and served dried or just boiled, and made up into a milky pudding known as khurma. If you're in one of these regions during Eid or see any Indian meals being served in your location, try this one, it's delicious! Morocco also serves an interesting breakfast during the Eid celebrations known as laasida, or buttered couscous, and Iraqis feast on buffalo cream, honey, and bread to start their day.
[caption id="attachment_1818" align="alignright" width="300"] A family enjoy a feast together[/caption]
The main feasts later on during the day, take a lot of care and preparation, as families gather together during the celebrations. Depending on your location, the main dish could be a number of meals. For instance, fish is the preferred meal in Egypt, while lamb is a favorite for Iraqis and Indonesians. Beef dishes are enjoyed in many countries as well.
Whatever meal you might enjoy while feasting during Eid celebrations, you will experience the Muslim hospitality when gathering with family and friends. Feasts are enjoyed in good company throughout the three-day Eid festival, marking the end of the Ramadan fast on a high note.