Meer Hassan Ali, B.
Observations on the Mussulmauns of India: descriptive of their manners, customs, habits, and religious opinions ; made during a twelve years residence in their immediate Society (Band 1) — London, 1832

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MUSSULMAUN FESTIVALS. 259

LETTER XI.

Mussulmaun festivals.—Buckrah Eade—Ishmael believed
to have been offered in sacrifice by Abraham and not.
Isaac.—Descent of the Mussulmauns from Abraham.,—
The Eade-gaarh.—Presentation of Nuzzas.—Elephants.
—Description of the Khillaut (robe of honour).—Customs
on the day of Buckrah Eade.—Nou-Roze (New Year's
Day).—Manner of its celebration.—The Bussund (Spring-
colour).—The Sahbund.—Observances during this month.
—Festival of the New Moon.—Superstition of the Natives
respecting the influence of the Moon.—Their practices
during an eclipse.—Supposed effects of the Moon on a
wound.—Medicinal application of lime in Hindoostaun.—
Observance of Shubh-burraat.

An account of the Mussulmaun festivals,
I imagine, deserves a Letter; for in many
of them I have been able to trace, not only
the habits and manners of the people with
whom I was sojourning, but occasionally marks
of their particular faith have been strongly
developed in these observances, to most of

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