September 10th, 2010
03:42 PM ET

Feasting at Eid al-Fitr

Editor's Note: Over at our sister blog Eatocracy they have a great post from CNN Producer Amir Ahmed and his wife Mona Megahed as they share the story about the foods of Eid al-Fitr:

Ramadan and Eid are special times of the year when people from various parts of the globe enjoy cooking and sharing their traditional foods. Muslim families typically break their fast together and savor the scrumptious meals that have been prepared that day. We have tried a variety of traditional food during this Ramadan but we must admit; our favorite is the Egyptian cuisine. Perhaps we are biased because we trace our roots to the Middle East.

Breaking the fast is a truly social event. At dawn, typically Egyptian families invite friends and relatives to break their fast with either dates or a drink of "Qamar-eddeen" – an apricot juice with small bits of different dried fruit and nuts.

The delicious drink – almost exclusively served during Ramadan – is supposed to supply the body with a much needed dose of sugar after many hours of fasting. It contains raisins and bits of figs, dates, apricots, pine nuts, almonds, and hazelnuts.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Food • Holidays • Islam • Ramadan

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Americano




    September 11, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  2. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    the paki moslems have a drink called Rooh Afza, which i am told loosely translates to Soul Refreshing. It comes in a thick syrup, rose water. mixed with the right amount of milk and water, it tastes like something from heaven after a long day of fasting. i usually gulp down 5-6 glasses whenever i get a chance. absolutely yummy.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:19 am |
    • Mohi

      haha, yes , that is what it is called : ) . Its the name of the brand here in Pakistan . I am glad to know you enjoy it . Eid Mubarak .

      September 11, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • David Johnson

      I do the same with Budweiser.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  3. Reality

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands elimination of Ramadan since it is a major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    September 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  4. Iqbal khan


    September 10, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  5. Salah wazwaz

    by the way when i said the i will fight the tyrants this refers to the kkk who are spreading hate and white supremacists. but other than that you americans are very cool

    September 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Only idiots support the KKK or the neo-Nazis. They are a blight on America.

      All but a handful of Americans would stand with you, against this trash.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  6. lynda douglas

    Don't you mean at dusk the fast is broken, not dawn?

    September 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • lynda douglas

      oops, nevermind, thought you were talking about the daily fast

      September 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  7. David Johnson

    Mmmmm! I feel like pork chops! Whose with me?

    September 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
    • Kate

      @David Johnson

      I think feeling up pork chops is considered illegal in most states – or at least a violation of food handling practices.

      Not to mention, you need to get out more and meet people if that's your idea of a good time.

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      everybody except the jews, muslims and jesus!

      September 11, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • Fast Eddie

      Slowly roasted over a Quran-fire? Can't we use briquets? Or a gas grill? Who wants pork chops that taste like BS?

      September 11, 2010 at 1:27 am |
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