The sweet celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr

This weekend marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr.

“On Eid, you are encouraged to eat all the things that are too rich, too sweet, too creamy for a normal day,” says Sumayya Usmani, who writes the food blog My Tamarind Kitchen.

Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid with a dizzying array of sweet, traditional treats unique to their region. In the Middle East, Eid is often welcomed with stuffed pastries like kahk and mahmoul; in Southeast Asia, with ketupat, rice steamed in bundles of woven palm fronds; in South Asia, with rich meat dishes and supersweet desserts. Shirin Farhat, an Iranian-American student in Los Angeles, said that her mother’s ranginak, a traditional Persian cake of dates cooked with cinnamon and cardamom and layered with walnuts, is the dish she looks forward to all year long.

What do you eat on Eid? Share a photo with us on Instagram and tag @altMuslimah.

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