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Pune gears up for eid

Monday, 28 July 2014 - 10:18am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Faithfuls crowd market places busy with last-minute shopping

After month-long fasting, the Muslim community is all set to welcome Eid-ul-Fitr. While Bohra Muslims will celebrate the occasion on Monday, the rest of the community will do it on Tuesday.
In Pune, the markets were crowded with people making final purchases for the festival. People rushed to shopping destinations like Camp and fashion street and like every year, for dry fruits and vermicelli (seviyan) Shivaji Market and Mominpura saw a high number of people.
Ashraf Sheikh, a Vishrantwadi resident, has set his house ready to welcome guests. Busy doing shopping on Sunday evening, he sounded excited about special menu that would be prepared in his house and also about his trip later in the afternoon in his new car with friends. "Eid is special to me as I have successfully observed roza for the whole month. On Tuesday, I am going to offer my prayers at the eidgah. Later, after a traditional lunch with family, friends and relatives, I am planning to go out for a trip with my friends. We to it every year."
The celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr is not only connected to religion, but it also supports social values like love, sacrifice and betterment of the society.
Like diwali and pateti, Punekars chose to celebrate eid with equal enthusiasm. Many non-Muslim families go to enjoy traditional Muslim cuising at their friends' houses. The cuisine includes chicken and mutton biryani, sheer khurma and seviyan.
The morning namaz will be offered in all mosques around the city and a large crowd will also visit the eidgah near Golibar maidan in Camp for the purpose.

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