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Here comes Eid!

Its eid, here’s my take on the festival.

Every year there is one special month called Ramzan [read previous post for details]. Throughout the month all Muslims around the world (have to) fast which is one of the pillars our religion, Islam.

Abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk is our way to achieve God’s blessings. The real message behind fasting is to develop enough restraint in ourselves to stay away from things that harm us and others. Not to mention that everybody throughout the country sits with their families, eat at the very same time. This is what Pakistan needs right now.

On a personal note, I was at home throughout the holy month. No school, no college, no tests or exams. Sleeping, eating and praying were on my to-do list. Sadly sleeping dominated all three. And blogging took a back seat ^__^

It seems that the month always starts on a slow note yet ends quickly. However towards its end it brings a lot of shopping sprees and finally with eid comes ‘eidi’ aka money for which all kids are dying for. Mehndi, bangles, late night shopping, lots of mithais and sheer korma are the highlights of Eid-ul-fitr. So enjoy these three days with friends and family.

Here are five things to do this eid:

 1. Visit you relatives:

Yes you have to meet the aunties even though you can’t stand them.Go to those once in a year family affairs to remember the names and faces of those estranged family/ friends. Common, its eid.

2. Limit the Sleep:

You’ve caught up with enough sleep throughout Ramzan, so get your lazy self out of bed and make an effort to offer the eid namaz, catch up with relatives and don’t order food at home, go outside!

3. Give Eidi:

So give your younger siblings, nieces and nephews some eidi to share the love. Money is not the only way give out cupcakes,gifts or hobnob cookies [YUM].

4. Remember the unfortunate :

Whether it’s the flower girl on the street or your maid’s kids, share something personal with them.its their smile that will you inner happiness.

5.Make it count :

I’ve experienced this myself. Every eid is diiferent.with more and mor families moving out of pakistan you will not be sharing eid with the same faces everyday. So make sure to enjoy this eid to the fullest for you never know your job or your marital status may take you places.

So that’s it folks, Enjoy yourselves with food and fun!

Eid mubarak to you and your families!

Love,

GFK.


 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Life as a Karachite

 

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Eid Already?

2 months and 10 days have seemed to pass by in a jiffy! I still haven’t done anything productive from the little sum of eidi that I gathered on ‘meethi eid’ and now it starts all over again.Personally I’m not a big fan of Eid-ul-Adha or  Bakra Eid for the very obvious reason that I’m not getting eidi. Period.

It’s generally the guys who’re having the fun.The charm of  owning fluffy animals, feeding and cloaking them, oh and the joy of taking them for a walk with all the kids in the neighbourhood in an attempt to distract ‘your fluffy little thing’ from realizing its the last time he’ll ever see the sun again!

Poor thing! Another story that revolves around is that on ‘chand raat’ which is the night before the day of the sacrifice, the goats and cows[etc] see a sword instead of the moon.And thats why they gloat.SERIOUSLY. Who said this? I mean it’s probably just cold out there or the poor guy misses his old place.  Sheeesh!

Also I feel that this Eid is and should be dedicated for the purpose of sacrifice and should not revolve around matching laces with the thread on your A-line shirt or getting every 2.5 sized bangles that you can find in Clifton! Just Saying.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention the people who will not let you stay in peace until you know exactly how much each bakra cost.  Indeed with rising inflation and our government’s inability to get a hold on things prices of everything have soared sky-high! You have sugar for Rs70/kg and a thin-one-legged goat for Rs1.25lakhs. Khappay?

Okay so before you think I’m a pessimist I’d just say that Eid is one occasion that unites all muslims and all Pakistanis. And its one day when we can celebrate, rejoice and spread the love rather than being afraid of ‘attacks’ which I’d rather not mention to sour our moods.

So EID MUBARAK!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Life as a Karachite

 

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