For these city couples, Eid is both mubarak and shubh
Interfaith couples share how festivals are always a mix of different Indian traditions for them. They share heart-warming accounts of their Eid celebrations that spell love and oneness.more lifestyle Updated: Jun 27, 2017 07:14 IST
India is a country known for its multicultural values. Festivals celebrated in India are always a unique smorgasbord of varied cultures and traditions. Eid is one such beautiful festival where you get to see heart-warming examples of interfaith love and harmony. These inter-religious couples in the city have been celebrating Eid and Diwali with equal excitement, and believe that festivals are the perfect occasion to unite people and help them rise above meaningless divisions. Read their soul-stirring accounts.
Kitty Kalra and Navneet Kalra
Fitness expert Kitty Kalra grew up in a family that has been celebrating Diwali, Eid, Holi and even Navratras with equal zeal. Her father is a Muslim and mother is a Brahmin. Kitty is married to a Hindu Punjabi, entrepreneur Navneet Kalra. Kitty says, “I keep the last roza (Alvida) and we all go to my mom’s place to enjoy a lavish Eid lunch. Adds husband Navneet Kalra, “All religions convey the same message, that God resides in the heart of each individual. We believe that all festivals are worthy of celebrations, irrespective of religion.”
Rubina Dhankar and Abdul Qadir
On Eid, fitness expert Abdul Qadir Din begins his day by offering the morning namaz at the mosque while his wife, Rubina Dhankar Qadin Din, an interior designer, takes Allah’s name at home. Rubina says she is a proud Arya Samaji and a Muslim by soul. The two prepare for both Eid and Diwali by shopping for clothes for their ‘babies’. They have adopted 50 stray dogs who live with them. Religion for the couple is all about doing good deeds.
Salma Firoza Khanam and Shivaji Sengupta
Marketing professional Salma Khanam is married to art director Shivaji Sen Gupta, a Bengali Brahmin. Khanam offers Namaz in the pooja room in their house, where her husband does his morning aarti. “God resides in the same room for us. There can be no division,” says Sengupta. The couple celebrates Durga Puja and Eid with the same excitement. , “I cook Shivaji’s favourite biryani, haleem, kababs and even vegetarian food for friends who come over for Eid,” says Khanam.
Shubhra Das and Kamar Alam
Artist Shubhra Das and her husband, Kamar Alam, celebrate Eid in Mussoorie every year. “My in-laws live there. We offer the morning Namaz and then enjoy Eid delicacies throughout the day,” says Das who ends the day with reciting Vedic mantras. They have taught their 4-year-old twin son and daughter that humanity is above religion. “My husband knows more about Hinduism than me. He has studied Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Quran,” says Das.
Shahnaz Hussain and Raj Puri
Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain and her husband, entrepreneur Raj Puri believe that both Eid and Diwali are based on common principles of love, harmony and charity. On both the festivals, her house is decorated with marigold flowers, and they serve seviyan on both Eid and Diwali. Husain says that respecting all religions has made their life beautiful. “One of the best moments of Eid is when we go to distribute laddus to the villagers in Dhauj, where we have a flower farm,” says Husain.