The foods of Eid al-Fitr

See how the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with different sweets around the world.

The foods of Eid al-Fitr

World Bulletin / News Desk

In Yemen, a family would typically have lunch at the home of the head of the family.

The family would enjoy a plate of "Bint Alsahan", a sweet made by folding thin layers of dough, topped with honey and nigella seeds.

In Moscow, Muslims head to the Ramadan tent near Moscow Central Mosque where the festivities begin.

Afterwards, families gather to enjoy a variety of foods such as "Manti". These dumplings are typically filled with either seasoned lamb or a ground beef stuffing.

In Sudan 

People congratulate one another as they head home after Eid prayers. They spend the day visiting neighbours and accepting sweets as they move around from house to house.

Families will enjoy a plate of "Aseeda", a sweet dish made of wheat and honey.

In India 

On Eid, many men visit graveyards to offer their respects to the family members who have departed.

Children go to the Mela [local fair] to buy sweets and toys. People visit friends, relatives, neighbours and the elderly after offering prayers at mosques and Eidgahs [traditional open structures especially built for Eid prayers].

Many of them enjoy a delicious bowl of "Sevaiyan ki Kheer", a vermicelli based dessert topped with sliced almonds.

In Egypt it is customary to break one's fast with a date and a glass of milk on the morning of Eid.

After Eid prayers, many children play in the streets with rice-filled balloons and celebratory hats.

Families indulge in "Kahk", a mouth watering cookie filled with a special honey-based filling.

Chinese families usually celebrate Eid by returning home to visit the elderly.

A Chinese household will often prepare "You Xiang", a fried-flour-based snack that can be eaten with soup or rice.

Eid in Malaysia is called "Hari Raya" (the Grand Day).

On this day, men and women dress up in traditional Malaysian dress made of satin.

Families visit one another and share a variety of sweets including bite-sized desserts called "Luih". These brightly coloured sweets include steam cakes, which are made with butter, wheat, eggs and sugar.

It is said that in Afghanistan "Eid belongs to the children". Many parents prepare special festivities for their children on the first night of Eid.

Households prepare stuffed flatbreads called "Bolani". These nutritious breads are often stuffed with either spinach, pumpkin, potatoes or green lentils.

Eid in Syria is celebrated differently in different parts of the country. Despite the ongoing violence, families try to enjoy the festivities by meeting up with friends and neighbours.

Families prepare a semolina pudding called "Mamounia". This dessert is served hot or cold and decorated with ground cinnamon and sliced almonds.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2016, 17:36