Eid Ul Fitr Celebrations - Kenya
1st April to 10th April
Eid Ul Fitr; the Festival of Fast Breaking is celebrated by Muslims worldwide, and in Mombasa, it’s a field day in Markiti (marketplace) and in the streets of Old Town during the night. Families go on a night spree shopping for Eid, the streets are filled with lights, and eager shop vendors have bargains of the year for the Abayas (the black dress for women) and the Kanzu (white robes for men). Old Town is filled with an aroma of barbecued mishkakis and chicken tikka as the street food market comes alive with so many coastal cuisines lined up to fulfil your taste buds. Kids go on a Trick or Treat mission as it's customary to keep a pack of sweats or change in coins for the kids who come visiting. The men pay their respect to the dead by visiting the graveyards and the women go on a social catching up chat as they get ready for lunch, which in most households would be either Biryani or Pilau.