Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Awaiting Chand Raat

Eid is almost here. It's the time to have all those get-togethers, time for channa-chaat and sewaain, time to dress up, time for all those chorrian and of course time for eidee!! But most of all, it is the time for Chaand Raat...

Following the iftar of the 29th Roza- its the time when everyone would rush out to try and spot the first crescent of the Shawal moon. The time when, more often than not, no one would succeed in this endeavor- so then it would be the time to turn on the TV and wait for the official announcement. The time when there is this uncertainty of a few hours - that's the real fun of it! You want it to be Eid tomorrow, you want to start preparing for Eid tomorrow... and so you wait for the Ruet-e-Hilal announcement. When it finally comes (and if its positive) then activity ensues in the kitchen, the TV starts playing all those special Eid shows, clothes are brought out- ironed, prepared for early next morning. And then you sit awake long into the night - applying Mehndi, cleaning up and just talking! It's Eid tomorrow!

This is what Eid is all about. So here's to this Eid! :)