When you hear the word ‘gather’ you readily think of lunches and evening teas with lots of laughter. Get together party is a fair occasion for meeting new people, getting acquainted and building connections. And the one element that is a constant in all occasions, whether meetings, events, or get-togethers is food. It brings people together and completes any occasion. Not only is gathering together enjoyable, but it also nurtures our most important relationships and promotes a sense of belonging and community. A simple meal shared with friends or family can leave you feeling incredibly inspired, rejuvenated and connected.
Research shows that you’ll feel happier when you come together with family and friends. Having a good time with friends can be really beneficial for our mental health. It can help us let go of the worries that we may have, and just have fun.
Keeping the importance of get-togethers in mind, LADIESFUND recently held its Eid Milan at The Buraq Centre, Pakistan’s first all-female incubation center and co-working space, I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi. The Milan was hosted by Tara Uzra Dawood, President of Ladiesfund. Some 75 diverse women attended the get-together in their festive Eid attires. The purpose of the event was social networking and celebration of the holiday that ended the month of fasting. Guests were encouraged to not only meet with friends but introduced themselves and mingle with new people. There were also fashion design students from AIFD and media personalities. Spotted at the event were Ameena Saiyid, Khursheed Hyder, Erum Noor Muzaffar, Maha Sheikh, Madiha Rehman, Sana Sultan, among others. German Deputy Head of Mission Andreas Wegner joined in, wearing a striking shalwar kameez.
Each guest brought their personal favourite, family ethnic Eid dish, creating a variety and particularly delicious palette of cuisine across Memon, Punjabi, Bori, Sindhi, Pashtu, Hyderabadi, etc. tastes. There were some guests from the Parsi and Christian communities who brought their own holiday dishes, as well.
The importance of fun celebrations with family and friends cannot be underestimated. They provide an opportunity for people to take a break from the routine, have some fun, and enjoy each other’s company.