Eid-ul-Fitr is the most celebrated religious festival in Bangladesh. Thousands of people congregate to their village homes every Eid amidst many hassles, leaving the people of Dhaka to have the city all to themselves with no traffic jams; even if it is for a week or so! But that is not the only upside of Eid. This is a time for joyous festivity, for savouring some cherished moments with relatives and long-lost friends, for devouring mouth-watering delicacies, and of course, for extracting as much salaami as you can from your well-endowed seniors.
Star Campus would like to wish all its readers, contributors and well wishers a very happy and prosperous Eid-ul-Fitr!
New clothes, hands designed with beautiful mehndi, and pocket full of money! That's what Eid is all about. At least for me it is. It is also about delectable food that makes your mouth water. It is about looking all shimmering in your new clothes and sneaking some extra hundreds from your elder's pocket in the name of salami. And not to forget, it is about rejoicing every moment with your family, friends and your loved ones.
For me the delight of Eid sort of faded as I moved from country to country to finish my higher studies. A Fed-Ex package would arrive at our door that contained a pair of clothes and couple of greeting cards from my parents and my younger siblings. And right with the arrival of our box of goodies, we would rush to a near by super market to do what we called 'Eider marketing'. Certainly our menu for the special day did not consist of the traditional shemai, halva or biriyani, nevertheless it did come close to the foods that we tasted back home. From basmati rice to chicken, ice cream and even pasta! Everything and anything that made us wonder that we would love to indulge on the day, we would take it on the shopping carts and move on to the next aisle.
After a huge shopping spree, we would come back home and prepare for the next morning. I normally took charge of the sweets department. Being the master in dessert making, I followed my mother's instruction on the phone while boiling milk and cooking rice simultaneously hoping that it would come nearly close to what we know as firni. For some reason the consistency of the milk never came close to the original recipe. At times the milk would be too thin, almost like chicken soup, and at times it would be too thick like a glob of jelly.
When it came to the Eid day, my sister and I had hard time dragging ourselves from bed. The sense of disappointment gripped us. Being homesick, we would toss and turn on the bed until we received a call from home. The day used to pass by as usual as we indulged ourselves with scrumptious food. Later, we headed out for movies that normally followed by hanging out with some friends.
This year, the long gone elation of Eid is going to revive. Rushing to the rooftop for the moon sighting (even though never have I seen the ultra thin Eid moon) and wearing mehndi on the night before is surely going to pump up the Eid spirit. Celebrating this auspicious occasion is never better if friends, family and loved ones are not by our site. And by saying that, I will like to wish all our readers of Star Campus a very warm Eid Mubarak, may the spirit of Eid enthral you!
Eid-The Middle Eastern Style
Sumaiya Ahsan Bushra
Eid, in our religion, is the most celebrated festival that we look forward to every year after a long month of fasting during Ramadan. In a country like Bangladesh, Ramadan is not only about fasting the entire period of 30 days but it is a mixture of shopping, eating a variety of items and most importantly indulging in a massive feast on the Eid day. Furthermore, just to add spice to this special day it is also about earning money in the form of salami for the young people. Growing up in a country like Saudi Arabia, I missed out on the very Bengali definition of Eid. My experience of Eid in the Middle East was rather interesting and vastly different from the ones I spent in Bangladesh.
My Eid experience in Saudi Arabia usually started on the night before the occasion. My parents, being traditional Bangladeshi people, tried to do everything the 'Bengali' way. This included last minute Eid shopping where my father purchased the most luxurious candies to be distributed among my friends on Eid day. He also bought the usual shemai and mishtis - a commonplace occurrence in most families in Bangladesh. Apart from above, he also bought beautiful, but rather unnecessarily expensive, flowers which added a new aroma to Eid.
In Saudi Arabia, Eid was all about staying home and sleeping the entire day. If one got lucky only then they would get a salami of probably 50 to 100 riyals or even less. Usually on Eid days, I called my Indian and Pakistani friends over and had a small party at my place just to make us all feel like we were back home celebrating Eid the 'Desi' way. However, despite the fact that we were all from different countries, we had one thing in common. We knew what Eid actually meant and how to celebrate it. We all wore bangles and the Shalwar Kameezes that our mothers had bought for us that summer from our home countries. We all plastered our faces with what seemed to be make-up and went from house to house in the search of salami and of course food.
At night, after my friends went home, my parents usually had a dinner party at our place. My mother cooked all the Bangladeshi items that she would have cooked if we were celebrating Eid in Bangladesh. She made polao, beef korma, chicken roast, fish curry and a wide variety of Bengali dishes. Most of the time, our guests consisted of Bangladeshi family friends, although, at times, we had a blend of Bangladeshis, Indians and Pakistanis.
Even though, I had gone through the torture of spending Eid in Saudi Arabia, I will not admit the fact that I missed out on the fun back home. I guess I got used to the same thing every year or maybe I made some kind of a compromise or adjustment with my new found definition of Eid. Whatever it was, now as I look back into my past, I realise that it was a different kind of experience altogether. It was enjoyable spending Eid in an unusual and rather interesting manner with a multi national crowd of people.
Era of eEid Mubarak
Everyone sent u
Tradition words about Eid
But I'm the fist one
To send u
Keep on eating
On this season.
The bunch of
is being specially
delivered to you
Just to say….
With all the roses perfume
and with all the lights in the world
and with all the children's smiles
I wish you a very happy Eid!
When the sun has set, and day is done-
I'll break this chain, but only one.
By the end of Ramadan, this whole chain will be all gone!
It's time for Eid and lots of fun!!!
The moon has been sighted
The samoosas are ready
Here comes EID so just go steady
Lots of dua's is all I request
and just wanted to wish you all the BEST!!!
May Allah bless you on this auspicious day of Eid, and May it be a new beginning of greater prosperity, success and happiness. Wish you a Happy Eid Mubarik
Eid bring Fun, Eid bring Happiness,
Eid bring God Endless Blessings,
Eid bring fresh love...
EID MUBARAK to You with all best wishes
Hope Love and Laugher, warmth, wishes, joy and a bouquet of Eid wishes, jubilations, become a part of your Eid and Your Life. Have a Happy Eid Mubarak.
No shadows to depress u, Only joys to surround u, God himself to bless u, these r my wishes for u, Today, tomorrow, and every day. Eid Mubarik.