Okay folks, I would like to have some background information on some of the rasm on pehli raat of muharram when we have this elaborate sumptuous dinner. Proof from Al-Quran, Sunnah and hadith is not required. As this deals with bohri religion anything goes. Feel free to quote from mahabrata or Vedas if it helps
1) What is the significant of having this dinner on the night of first Muharram? As we know Imam Hussein and his family members where already in danger and in difficult circumstances, starting from 1st of Muharram so I am asking again, what is there to celebrate and eat all you can?
2) Usually there is certain number of dishes to be placed in thal, something like 6, 9 or 13. Is there any particular number or just as much as you can and the minimum number be 6?
3) We place a Quran, sophari(no idea what it is called in English), betel leaves and coconut in the thal. Why those things? And why do we take the coconut and circle it around the thal 7 times. I am very sure that I have seen my Hindu friend doing Poja with coconut but what the heck are we doing circling the coconut around the thall? Are we doing some sort of bohri poja? or is this some leftover tradition that we inherited from the olden days when all of us were still Hindus including high and mighty burhanuddin and his mafia(khotar)?
4) This questions is regarding the dishes itself. We start the dinner with eating fish and then we have choba(white rice, plus ghee and sugar), sugee, lachka, wheat with sugar and ghee, samosa, kabab, patties, fried chicken, dal chawal and palidu, dessert, fruits. And the next day we have chana batata. My question
i)Why it is a must to have fish on this day? And why do we start the dinner with fish? And we have a little bit fish for the breakfast and lunch for the next day.
ii) Any significant of all the dishes and cuisine I mentioned above?