EID CULTURE IN PAKISTAN
How nice it is to celebrate one’s happiness among loved ones.
This need is felt mostly in cases when one cannot celebrate due to the events that are taking place in the surroundings.
Today, I aim to discuss the Eid scenario in Pakistan and how it is being celebrated in these times. So let’s start.
Firstly, Eid is a festivity that is celebrated with a grandeur after observing 30 Days of Fast along with prayers and duas for forgiveness.
It is celebrated with the buying of new clothes, jewellery, shoes, and other accessories which make the Eid festivities special.
Secondly, all loved and dear ones gather on this day to their relative’s homes to enjoy the celebration with the traditional sweets and foods.
What a joy it is to eat sheer khurma and kheer along with the spicy Biryani. Oh God, even writing makes my mouth water.
Thirdly, what makes this day more special is the money/Eidi given by the elders to the young.
This is a token of their love for their children, relatives, and acquaintances.
The amount of the Eidi, as we call it here in Pakistan does not matter. What matters is the love and affection that is associated with it.
Fourthly, is the social interaction with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. And this love and affection are transferred to each separately.
Fifthly, people also travel to a different part of the country just to enjoy their Eid.
And also to witness Eid festivity in different regions and groups.
In the present scenario, most people observed social distancing this time to be safe and keep their loved ones safe too.
Sixthly, people did interact with their loved ones, family, and friends but not by hugging them directly rather through skype, what’s app, and Zoom calls.
A bit different though, yet not undermining the spirit of Eid.
Seventh, most people did not buy new clothes this Eid not because they could not afford them.
Rather stand with the ones who have lost their means of livelihood due to COVID-19.
This my friend, is the true spirit of Eid.
Eighthly, these Eid people have exclusively opened their hearts for the ones in need rather than focussing on the celebration among the better lot.
And lastly, on this Eid, people have employed new ways of making their Eid productive. They are flying kites on their rooftops.
Though maintaining social distancing, still their hearts are in line with each other.
In the end, I would like to say that these times are a test of our patience and determination to pull through.
We may in the future have many more Eids but the lessons we will learn now will go a long way.
Think about it. Until next time, stay safe and healthy.