A joyous Eid

By You Desk
Tue, 04, 24

This week we have asked some of our favourite celebrities what Eid is to them and what they really enjoy about Eid. Here is what they have to say…

Eid is synonymous with family gatherings and togetherness. It provides an opportunity for family members to come together, share meals, and create memories. In essence, the celebration of Eid is a tapestry woven with threads of faith, love, tradition, and joy. The auspicious occasion marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting (Ramazan). Indulging in festive feasts and treats is a delightful Eid tradition and sharing meals with loved ones creates a sense of abundance and joy. Eid is significant to everyone including celebrities. This week we have asked some of our favourite celebrities what Eid is to them and what they really enjoy about Eid. Here is what they have to say…

Q1. What do you usually do on Eid day?

Q2. What is your happiest memory of Eid?

Q3. What do you miss the most about your childhood Eid?

Q4. Is there a particular dish that has been passed down through the generations in your family?

Q5. Who will you be wearing on Eid?

Q6. Any message for our readers?

Zhalay Sarhadi

A joyous Eid

1. For me Eid is about hosting my family. So I cook for a dawat and welcome my friends and family.

2. My happiest memory of Eid is from my bachpan when I got a lot of ten rupee notes as Eidi. I put them all in the basket on my bicycle and went on a spin around the neighbourhood. While most of my money flew in all directions but this memory is etched in my brain.

3. There was no cooking to do; only getting ready with chooriyan and mehendi and getting a lot of Eidi.

4. Yes, my mum makes a special kind of sheer khurma. My mother-in-law also makes her special sheer khurma and we have the best of both worlds.

5. I shall be wearing Asim Jofa, who I wear every Eid.

And I may try Vanya, a trendy brand from Lahore.

6. Try to be kind to others.

Natasha Baig

A joyous Eid

1. Eat, eat and eat, especially, the sheer khurma that my mother makes. I am lazy but I push myself to wear new clothes too so that I can feel the festivities.

2. One of my cousins and I were good at applying mehendi, so all the women in our family or even our neighbours used to come to us on chand raat and we used to spend the whole night applying mehendi on their hands.

3. When I used to get Eidi and buying candies, chocolates and ice-creams from my Eidi. I miss those small things that used to make me happy; I think that is the beauty of our childhood.

4. Dhoodh wali siwaiyan (sheer khurma). My mom makes it with custard and I love it.

5. Haven’t decided yet.

6. Keep in mind that it’s not only you who is

celebrating. Try to help those who are needy and try to take care of stray animals around you. Eid should be felt by every single being!

Roma Michael

A joyous Eid

1. I typically spend first half of the day lounging in bed, then I get dressed up for photos and head out, either to visit friends for a dawat or to enjoy dinner with family.

2. Each Eid holds its own special charm. However, one memorable occasion was when a close friend hosted an Eid gathering - it was a day to cherish.

3. I miss the spontaneity of visiting the local mela (fun fair) with friends and the excitement of receiving Eidi.

4. Yes, roasted beef and potatoes have been a cherished family recipe for generations.

5. I haven’t decided yet.

6. Let’s spread kindness and positivity through our words and deeds. While the world faces many challenges, let’s remember to count our own blessings and be a source of light for others.

Ghana Ali

A joyous Eid

1. We all cook food together, relatives come over, pictures session and eating out at the end of the day. It is a tradition in our family that whoever collects the most Eidi is bound to treat everyone.

2. My daughter’s first Eid with her grandparents.

3. The care free days of childhood.

4. Yes, my mom cooks awesome saag.

5. Let’s see.

6. A very happy Eid Mubarak to everyone!

Hina Khawaja Bayat

A joyous Eid

1. My Eid morning begins with going for Eid namaz. This is followed by a family breakfast and then of course the mandatory Eid visits and family dinner. Our Eid breakfast is incomplete without the traditional elaichi ke tarkay wali siwaiyan served with hot milk and a sprinkling of sugar! A cereal that beats the rest!

2. My happiest Eid memory is of chand raat - the bangles, the mehendi, the last minute trips to the dyer.... and then going for Eid namaz and getting Eidi from my parents and my husband. The amount never mattered, but the feeling definitely did!

3. Our childhood was truly family oriented. Our entire family - uncles, aunts, cousins etc. got together at one place. It would be a one-dish lunch or catered from outside for everyone. We would spend the entire day together, each age group doing their own thing - playing cards, board games, climbing trees or just gup-shup over endless cups of tea. It was like a mini family holiday.

4. My mother’s unique aloo chana recipe that is unlike anything else. It can be served hot or cold and no Eid is complete without it.

5. A beautiful outfit from the Eid collection of my favourite designer Natasha Kamal.

6. Life is unpredictable; you never know what the next day holds. So, grab the little joys from each day and hold on to precious relationships (especially your siblings); material things can be replaced, but people cannot!

Fauzia Aman

A joyous Eid

1. The very first day I spend with my family, and on other days, I am usually invited to Eid dinners at relatives’ or friends’ places.

2. Eidi collection is a big tradition on Eid for us. It’s my happiest memory. It’s not just about the money, but the love and blessings exchanged.

3. The time spent with my girl cousins. We would all hang out together on chand raat, getting mehendi done and wearing bangles. Those moments were filled with laughter, excitement, and anticipation of the festive day ahead!

4. Sheer khurma and Biryani!

5. I will be wearing one of my favourites, Shehla Chatoor!

6. This Eid, let’s spread joy by extending a helping hand to those in need through donations and charity. Even a small effort from us can bring smiles to those facing hardships, and in turn, fill our hearts with happiness. Let’s always remember to spread love and kindness wherever we go. Eid Mubarak!

Alyy Khan

A joyous Eid

1. Eid namaz followed by lunch with family and friends.

2. Receiving Eidi.

3. Listening to the Eid khutba followed by Eid namaz.

4. Qorma and siwayian.

5. Still undecided but probably Shantanu & Nikhil.

6. Live life to your fullest potential.

Junaid Khan

A joyous Eid

1. I usually go for Eid namaz then I relish siwaiyan. I spend rest of my day with family and friends. It is a tradition in our family to attend Eid prayers on time. My father wakes everyone early in the morning to make sure that our prayers are not missed.

2. When my grandfather was alive we used to get together as a family. My grandfather used to give us 5 Rupees as Eidi and we as kids were delighted to receive it and we used to play in our grandfather’s big veranda.

3. Missing good old days where we all cousins used to spend Eid together. Now, everyone is scattered.

4. Kheer.

5. My own brand ‘Rakht’.

6. Cherish your loved ones. Spend time

with your family and friends.

Aijaz Aslam

A joyous Eid

1. Traditional family lunch at my house. In the evening, I go out and meet a few close friends.

2. Going for Eid namaz with my dad in my childhood.

3. My dad being with me.

4. Pulao.

5. Almirah.

6. Just practice the good habits, you acquire during Ramazan, all year round.

Faizan Sheikh

A joyous Eid

1. Spend time with family. It is a tradition in our family to have one big family dinner that everyone needs to attend.

2. Getting Eidi from my grandparents, I miss it now.

3. I used to get a lot of Eidi, now it’s the other way round; I have to give a lot of Eidi. (ha ha)

4. Sheer khurma.

5. Haven’t decided yet.

6. Don’t forget our brothers and sisters from Gaza on this Eid.

- Compiled by You! desk - Coordination: Rana Asif aka Raanay