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September 21, 2009
Pakistanis celebrate Eid al-Fitr with street fairs

Muslims have been celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of fasting known as Ramadan.

In Pakistan, in cities like Lahore, Eid means neon-lit and food-fueled street fairs long into the night.

Amna Nawaz, an International Reporting Project fellow in Lahore, reports on how Pakistanis  – including her own family – view the holiday.

At the blog “All Things Pakistan,” a Worldfocus contributor, readers weighed in on the meaning of Eid.

Aziz said:

Eid is…when you forget all differences and ask for forgiveness from Allah as well as each other. For Allah will forgive your sins towards Allah but not towards mankind until you seek forgiveness from the ones you hurt.
Eid is…when a bunch of teenagers get on motor cycles and go to Tariq Road to hang out and watch people shop

Roshan adds:

Eid is…when you wear new clothes and go to mosque for prayers
Eid is…when you hug people praying around and greet everyone in the community
Eid is…when you eat Saviyaan/Sheer-Khurma prepared by loving mothers
Eid is…when girls are wearing bangles with having artistic hina designs on their hands
Eid is…when you have feast at your home and children are having lot of fun
Eid is…when you visit your friends and families to exchange greetings.

Zia M says:

Eid Mubarak to all…
Eid is remembering the less privileged ones.

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Thanks, Amna, not only for sharing your family and country, but also for drawing us together across miles, countries, cultures & religions. T

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