The Valpo Core Reader


Syen Adnan Raza

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Festivals and cultural occasions make up an important part of any community. In Pakistan, too, there are some festivals which are anxiously awaited by the people. Out of these, I would like to talk about the Eid. Eid has both a religious and a social dimension. There are mainly two Eids: Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of the Holy month of Ramazan, the month of fasting, which teaches us tolerance and makes us realize the hunger of the poor. I shall be talking abut Eid-ul-Fitr. This day of the Eid is very remarkable because on this day all the loved ones come from different parts of the world to get together, to reunite the family and to share the happiness and joys of Eid with other members of their family. In fact, the centrality of Eid can be seen in the fact that its celebration brings together various aspects of Pakistan's society. Thus, three parts of the day of Eid are celebrated in three different fashions. One part of Eid reflects the religious, Islamic dimension of our culture. Another part reflects the continuing Westernization of the middle class, and the third part reveals the emphasis on close knit community characteris,ic of the traditional Pakistani culture.