TV stars wish you a happy Eid and recall their memorable celebrations on this special day
Last year, I celebrated Eid with my two-year-old nephew for the first time as he lives abroad. But it was also my last Eid with my mom (who passed away a few months ago). This year, I won’t be celebrating Eid.
Last year, I celebrated Eid at my village, Malerkotla, near Ludhiana. Every year, I celebrate the festival with my parents and family. I visit my village on Eid and eat to my heart’s content without worrying about calories. Once, I remember I had finished all the sheer korma with two of my close friends and we had to order in for the guests.
Last year, I had taken my girlfriend, Natalie (Di Luccio) to Mohammad Ali Road. I showed her the decorations and festivities of chaand raat. I introduced her to the significance of Eid’s festivities.
Last year, Eid was special as my wife and I took our daughter Ammaara to my hometown in Kashmir. It was her first trip and I was very excited about her trip. We had traditional Kashmiri fare, which is different from the rest of the country’s Muslim traditions.
Eid means meeting friends and family members and eating a lot of delicacies. My mother makes delicious sweets including kheer and sevaiyan. Catching up with relatives whom I haven’t been able to meet because of my busy schedule is simply wonderful.
As kids, we would collect eidi from our elders, pool our money and go to a restaurant. I used to live in Mahim and in the locality we would wear chamki salwar kameez, gorge on food from numerous stalls and enjoy the lit-up street.
Last year, it was Sanjeeda’s and my first Eid together after marriage, so it was special. As always, we go for morning prayers, wish each other and have sheer korma together. Eid usually is not ‘celebrated’ as it is a quiet festival since after fasting for 30 days, it is more about being with family. We eat a lot of biryani and other delicacies, and dieting goes out of the window.