This Friday will arrive with the epic scope of a Manmohan Desai movie. Four blockbuster days on the religious calendar — Chhoti Holi for Hindus, the Prophet’s birthday and death anniversary for Muslims, Good Friday for Christians (followed by Easter on Sunday) and Navroz for Iranis and Parsis — have converged on March 21.
Offices around the city have already begun to see a fall in attendance, a trend that is likely to aggravate on Thursday. And most hotels in Shimla and Nainital are booked for the weekend.
The aroma of ghee wafts out of the Pandeys’ Noida Sector 28 home. The mawa has been ordered and dry fruits chopped for traditional Holi sweets.
“We will have a big party. The neighbourhood, a mix of all faiths, is getting together to celebrate,” says Savita Pandey, a working mother.
Easter eggs are being prepared with marzipan and dry fruits at Thresia Jose’s Janakpuri home. “Easter is the celebration of new life. We will host a grand lunch for friends and relatives on Easter Sunday,” says the homemaker.
Gurgaon’s Veera Mavalwala will cook a sumptuous meal of Patra-ni-Machchi (steamed fish) and Ravo (a mix of suji, milk, sugar and eggs) along with Sali Boti (a traditional Parsi delicacy) for Navroz.
“There will be plenty of music and dancing,” she says.
At Azad Apartment in Patparganj, Maleeha Madani, 45, is preparing for a family lunch. “Suji halwa is my specialty,” she says. “My family loves to eat it as much as I love cooking it.” But she makes it clear that Eid-e-Milad is not exactly an occasion for celebration.