We Indians take our festivals seriously — they’re a time to get together with friends and family. And the same goes for our Bollywood stars too. So if Soha Ali Khan reminisces about feeling joyous in Bhopal, where she grew up, Huma Qureshi recalls how she would end up fighting with her cousins over eidi. We bring you some of the star’s best memories of Eid.
Imran Khan, actor
We don’t do anything fancy on Eid. It’s a day my family comes together. We usually have a potluck dinner. I don’t get eidi anymore and I miss feeling like a king because I’d be flushed with money after Eid. I’d make more plans since before Eid, I would be surviving only on pocket money.
Farah Khan, filmmaker
I still remember Eid from the time I was a child. My grandmother would start preparing the biryani a day before Eid. The next day, everyone would come home and give all of us kids our eidi. The biryani would be served only by three in the afternoon. Till date, I would give anything to taste that biryani again. It was beyond delicious, as it had my grandmother’s love in it.
Huma Qureshi, actor
Ramadan fasting and Eid feasting are the most awaited events of the year. My mother’s mutton kheema and sheer korma are my favourites. No Eid is ever complete without these two items on the table. As children, we would get eidi money from parents and visiting relatives. Every year, all my cousins would fight and cry if any one of us got more eidi than the others.
Eid is a celebration of introspection of one’s body and soul in the month of Ramadan, and I celebrate Eid accordingly. It was one of the few days we used to get pocket money from all our elders and new clothes.
Soha Ali Khan, actor
When I was young, I would dress up in the morning and be most excited about my mother taking me to all our family friends’ homes where I was given my eidi in colourful envelopes filled with crisp 10 and 20 rupee notes. We would eat sevaiyan and an assortment of kebabs and mutton dishes. For us, Eid was never really a grand affair. The day began with wishing my grandmother followed by prayers at 9 am and then visiting friends. This year, my family is scattered all over the world. My mother will be in Delhi with my sister and my brother Saif is in America shooting. So I will go to a friend’s place that day. These days, I have to give eidi, not just receive it. And I donate some money to charity too.