“The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong).”
- Quran 2:185
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm), commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad.
From the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness, fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, and the festival of Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month, Shawwal. Celebration and joy abounds to herald a successfully completed endeavour that is purely spiritual in nature.
Interpreted as a three-fold blessing, Ramadan provides one more occasion for Muslims to thank God and remember His blessings; it affords an opportunity of spiritual stock-taking; and it enjoins the well-to-do to share a portion of what they have with the less fortunate.
A celebration that encompasses age-old traditions and culinary delights, Eid ul Fitr is a day of special prayers that is held the world over, between sunrise and noon, when Muslims assemble, in large congregations demonstrating universal brotherhood, shoulder to shoulder. A festival synonymous with feasting, the Eid ul Fitr spread includes a variety of kebabs, biryanis and haleem, plus a number of sweet preparations – the best of which is seviyan prepared in a variety of ways, to bring the lavish gathering to a close.
We invite you to celebrate this festival with us at ITC Maratha and ITC Grand Central. Eid Mubarak!