On Eid day, families either pray at home, go to the masjid, or go to a place called the “musalla”. The musalla fits thousands of people for congregational Eid prayer. If you go to prayer at a masjid or the musalla, dates or sweets will be handed out to celebrate and eat together. After prayer, people go and visit their elders, like their grandparents, aunts and uncles. Black cardamom tea, desserts, and fruits are served at these gatherings.
The main desserts that are a Ramadan staple in Iran are Persian halva with saffron and zoolbia bamieh. If Eid is in the summer, summer fruits and cool drinks are also served. People make big pots of Persian aush (a thick, hearty soup that is served hot) and share it with their family, friends, and neighbors. Since restaurants are closed during fasting hours for the entire month of Ramadan, many families go out to eat lunch together to celebrate. Children and anyone who tried fasting for the first time receive congratulatory and encouraging gifts from their families to make them feel special for trying this beautiful act of worship. It’s a day of celebration. There are lights put up all around the town and all around Tehran which is the capital of Iran. It’s just a very joyous day and everyone wishes each other Eid e Shoma Mobarak.
Composed by Filiz Arslan