It was bon appétit at Mohammed Ismail’s house on Mohammed Ali Road on Wednesday morning. Soon after the morning namaaz was offered, there was a wide variety of scrumptious delicacies that were laid on the table. It ranged from mutton curry — made out of the morning offering — to fish curry, ran gravy, biryani, pulao, khalsa, among others.
“The idea is to enjoy the day with family and friends, after you have made the offering,” said Ismail. Eid ul Adha, a festival celebrated for three days, began on Wednesday for most Muslims.
“To mark this day, we ensure that we sacrifice goat or some other animal,” he added. Post offering, every family makes sure that two-third of the offering is first distributed.
“Only one-third is to be with us of what we cook; we call upon our friends and relatives to dine with us,” said Eliyas Shaikh, a resident of Bhendi Bazaar.
Almost all Muslim-dominated areas wore a deserted look on Wednesday. People sat on chairs on deserted streets either chatting or greeting one another.
“If the person coming to our house brings food along, then we go to his place on the day of basi Eid that falls the next day (Thursday),” added Haji Raza Mohammed Khan, resident of Dhobi Street in VT area.