Traditions are symbolic, there is a story behind each custom that is practiced on a day like Eid. When the world faces a crisis, we cope in ways we can and in the process of coping, life becomes much simpler when our instinct is to survive, to focus only on what we need rather than what we want. This Eid, we needed to keep the stories alive, the spirit alive. We needed to understand what the purpose of this beautiful day is.
Here is how some friends of the House spent their day -
‘Spent time with our families and friends. Just to make it a brighter day for everyone and spread some positivity, my sister and I baked blueberry pies for Muslim families in our neighbourhood, just to let them know we are thinking of them, and that we should support one another through these times.’
- Sara Faial,
‘I decided to make extra food this year and dropped it off to some families whom we knew were in debt. We also brought some unworn clothes that we had in our wardrobes. This way, we could make their Eid a bit more enjoyable.’
- Laraib Akram,
‘This was my first Eid spent away from Pakistan and from my parents hence it turned out to be quite difficult. Nonetheless, I spend Eid with my cousins and aunt and helped her around the kitchen to prepare Biryani and Lamb Karahi. I also managed to locate a Muslim Charity in my area and donated clothes since I wanted to share the joy of wearing a clean new outfit on Eid day.’
- Inzar Farhad,
South Carolina, USA.
‘I spent my Eid at home with family, like everyone else. The experience was refreshing, without any external worries about what my friends might be doing or what I might be missing out on.’
- Alayna Kasuri
‘I realised Eid this year would be much more challenging for the help who work so hard all year long and look forward to these holidays so they can go back to their villages and spend time with their families. It’s commendable how they realised that it was best not to go as they’d be putting others in jeopardy. Therefore, as an attempt to make their day special, I got them Eid clothes and accessories to go with them. Instead of spending our Eid expenses on dinners, elaborate lunches and new clothes, we decided to use that money to distribute rations among struggling families’
- Khadija Saeed,
'Instead of buying new clothes like I usually do, this year I decided to wear my mother’s old clothes and accessorised my outfit with things I already had at home. Not only did this feel more special but I believe staying home was the right thing to do.’
- Manahil Hammad,
‘I woke up to the smell of shakkar wali sawaiyaan and jumped into my mother’s clothes. Shortly after, I received a visitor whom I had only interacted with through a single letter written in broken Urdu. This Eid at my village home would always hold a special place in my heart for I felt ease and happiness through the words of this friend. In difficult times like such we must lend a helping hand in whatever form possible.’
- Amina Tiwana,
For us, Eid is not just about the celebrations but a feeling of comfort and love that is the true essence of all the traditions and customs.