Celebrating Eid-e-Milad Festival – Mumbai’s Prophet Mohammed Birthday Celebration
“EID-e-Milad festival, Which is both the Birth and death day celebration of Prophet Mohammed, as the date of birth and date of his death was on same date which is 12th of Islamic month of Rabbiawal which is also called ‘Barhavin Taarikh’. Eid-e-Milad is basically a thanks giving day when Muslim community in Mumbai and around India preach the values of forgiveness, tolerance and being human to all class of people laid by Prophet..”
How is EID Celebrated in Mumbai
- Not just of EID day, but since month before people gets ready for the festival, they start shopping new clothes at famous locations like Mohammed Ali Road, Byculla etc.
- Those white color pathani and sherwani’s are seen loaded with tailors since that month.
- Women get busy with new salwar kameez purchase and stitching. And for this month of February, the tailor is always seen jam packed up with loads of clothes to stick.
- EID celebration is a huge business now, and industry by itself of about 20 crores and increasing every year. Business man across Abdul rehman street and famous Mohd ali road get busy preparing for flags and banners that have name and congratulation messages for prophet’s birthday.
- The Flex and print industry gets the boost during this month, Since as seen the political parties also promote and support EID festival in Mumbai, Printing of big huge road side banners are in great demand. Businesses now are contacting Chinese companies as they are not able to fulfull the huge demand of flags for bikes etc.
- Almost every mosque small and other famous in Mumbai like Mahim Dargah, Haji Ali Dargah are seen crowded, with Green Chadar, Lighting an Decoration in evening and Fun and Fair in areas related. People hangout with families, woman’s are easily seen in Burga (Black Wear Covered From Head to Toes) near haji ali dargah and other famous masjid.
- Males from muslim community seems wearing white color sherwani and pathani clothes with perfumes and Ittar on.
- People offer mass prayer (Namaz) for 5 times in day at home and small big mosques near home. On this festival they pray for health, wealth and prosperity with peace and happiness at home and in Community.
- Huge Islamic Rallies (Also Called ‘Julus-e-Eid-e-Milad’) can easily seen on streets of Mumbai with mostly glittering green flags in hand of people and small kids.
- People hug each other wishing ‘Eid-Mubarak’ to brothers (Bhaijaan in Hindi) of community.
- Visiting each and every neighbor and relative places wearing new clothes and Hugging each other (Also called ‘Gale Milna’) wishing for prophet’s birthday is seen all over at Mumbai East West Suburb and South Mumbai. Specialty being the special ‘Sheer Khurma‘ (See Below) which is a sweet made of milk with Sheer ‘Sevai’ and dry fruits inside, a yummy dish to taste.
- Yes, Crackers also can be seen busted on busy road of Mumbai.
- In evening at few locations, Qawwali programs are undertaken to increase the fun of the day.
- Free Distribution of Food items and soft drinks are seen at various street side stalls ta major locations like Mosque and other Gulli (lanes) in Mumbai.
- Eidi (Eid Gifts) are most awaited by younger, kids and even others can demand gifts and money from elders and party out to have fun with shopping and eating.
- For Muslim community this prophet’s birthday is considered a day of blessing, they believe people are blessed if people celebrated this day from their heart and distribute and donate in the name of the Prophet of Islam.
Famous Mumbai Locations to Visit During Eid-e-Milad
Haj House : Meeting of birthday celebrations done by Muslim community.
Mohammed Ali Road : Most famous location of Mumbai for EID, and one of the biggest commercial market during all EID and prophet Mohammed’s Birthday, One can see huge crowd out shopping for flags and banners that has wording written related to praise and celeration wishes for Eid-e- Milad. More up on sale is Badges, DVD’s, Cd’s, caps, Balloons and other multicolored decoration stuff, Mohammed ali road is best visited on this particular day in evening to see the chaos of people to shop and have fun eating delicious chicken and other non-veg treat.
Minara Masjid : The Mosque (Masjid) is been decorated specially for this day, Lighting and people enjoying with community around near Mohd ali road. Again the specialty of Minara Masjid area is the road side food stalls for delicious non veg menu.
Khilafat House : This is another near by location at Byculla in south Mumbai, During this festive day one can see big Muslim community rallies from street to street in around locations seeing singing songs and poems greeting the prophet on his special day.
Central Mumbai : Similar rallies are also seen in areas like Ghatkopar and Vikhroli leaded by Maulanas of the location, again singing Qawali songs and preaching words and other poems.
Haji Ali Dargah : Very famous and on the list of Mumbai Darshan and tourist attraction, Haji Ali mosque with blue Arabian sea surrounded from all side.
Mahim Dargah : Famous mosque in the name of Qazi of Mumbai ‘Makhdoom Ali Mahimi’, Mahim Dargah is another mosque to visit.
Jama Masjid : Also called ‘Jumma Masjid’ is another oldest and famous mosque on tourist attractions list near Abdul Rehman Street. Jama Masjid location is very crowded as surrounded by famous commercial markets.