Old Delhi on the Eve of Eid

The eve of  Eid ul-Fitr is a special one. The excitement in the air is palpable. A month of fasting and solemn introspection is coming to an end, and a day of feasting and festivities lies ahead. Nowhere is the air more electric with anticipation than the alleyways of Old Delhi.

As the sound of the azan echoes through the streets, signalling the end of the fast for both the day and the rest of the year, charcoal grills are fired up, giant vats of oil heated, and skewers upon skewers of kebabs are lined up to feed the hungry crowds.

Azra Sadr walks through the walled city, camera in hand, to capture the buzz on the streets. 

 A young girl studies the Quran as her family prepares for the breaking of fast.

A young girl studies the Quran as her family prepares for the breaking of fast.

 A man washes himself before entering the mosque.

A man washes himself before entering the mosque.

 Magrib prayer at Jama Masjid.

Magrib prayer at Jama Masjid.

 Selling seviya in huge bundles.

Selling seviya in huge bundles.

 Guarding the entrance of the Jama Masjid, a man prays after breaking fast.

Guarding the entrance of the Jama Masjid, a man prays after breaking fast.

 Rooh Afza, a cooling drink made with herbs and flowers, is popular in the market.

Rooh Afza, a cooling drink made with herbs and flowers, is popular in the market.

 The streets are lined with a variety of kebab-wallahs.

The streets are lined with a variety of kebab-wallahs.

 Preparing the enormous, fried, sweet rotis that are eaten with halwa.

Preparing the enormous, fried, sweet rotis that are eaten with halwa.

 Firing up the kadais to fry kebabs.

Firing up the kadais to fry kebabs.

 Hot biryani sold on the streets outside the Masjid.

Hot biryani sold on the streets outside the Masjid.

Azra Sadr is a photographer from New Delhi. She loves to travel in search of stories, and uses photography as a medium to move between worlds. You can follow her work here or on Instagram