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Celebrating Id with a difference

WITH THE changing of time, the way of celebrating Id has also changed. Today people have their own ways of celebrating the festival.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 00:09 IST

WITH THE changing of time, the way of celebrating Id has also changed. Today people have their own ways of celebrating the festival.

Anwar Ahmed, a Government employee, said: “Old traditions have their own significance and they should not be changed at all. But this year, we have decided to visit city orphanages and celebrate Id with the inmates there.”

Riyaz Khan, an employee in a multinational bank said ,”It’s quiet difficult for me to find time for celebrations and visit houses of near and dear ones, therefore I and my friends have decided to feed the poor.

He further said, “Id is all about celebrating good things that we have received by the grace of Almighty.

Every household who can afford must pay a form of tax in the days leading to Id. It is a very small amount and is paid for each person in the family.

Traditionally, the tax was in the form of food, although most people now give the equivalent in money. The money or food is distributed among the poor so that they can also celebrate the festival.”

Fauzia Shanam, a student, is quiet excited about the festival. “This year we have decided to celebrate Id with a difference. We will prepare traditional ‘sewai’ and will go to the spastic centre, as they are the children who are most neglected ones.

Id is a day of joy and thanksgiving. On this day, Muslims show their joy for health, strength and opportunities in life. It is also a day of forgetting grudges and ill-feeling towards others.