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Eid for kids
Eid in my childhood days- as I recollect- was warm and friendly; not to say that it lacks warmth now. But I still feel the joy that Eid brought in all of us back then; I reminisce those days with fond memories of sighting the moon, the homely iftar and of course the CLOTHES.
Eid Fashion in those days was rather mundane judging by today's standards, but the preparation that went behind it was far more elaborate. The grown-ups of the family always got to pick the clothes offered by the few boutiques that had started operating in the early eighties. Children went bespoke!
My tailor was a man named Abbas, a gifted tailor-cum-designer who had the uncanny ability to replicate designs from age-old photographs or pages from fashion magazines. His was a small workshop at Dhanmondi where he employed some three 'shagreds'. It was ritualistic for the whole family, including the extended one to pay Abbas mama a visit for he was the master of shirts and skirts!
The first time I went to a proper boutique to buy Eid clothes was probably when I was six. 'The Humpty Dumpty dress' as the Bichitra Eid Fashion Magazine termed it. The boutique was called “Shokh” and it was located where now stands Gazi Bhaban at Naya Paltan.
Care was taken so that my cousins are unaware of this secret purchase of mine, as the ritual was to unveil all sizzles only on Eid day and not an hour before!
Shopping on Chand raat (the last night of Ramadan) was also a memorable experience. I used to buy shoes on chand raat- Bailey Keds and kolapuri choppol. And then there used to be the long walk through the 'alleys' of Gawsia for my mother's last minute Eid shopping. The little things that she forgot to pick up- an itinerary that was unfortunately way too long for my patience to last.
Children, nowadays have a greater say towards how they would like to look on Eid day! They have, to their access, about a dozen fashion magazines to dictate the current trend of the season and also the 'unfortunate' influence of Hindi soaps and sky television.
What dictates children's fashion this Eid season? Well who is to say? You can go crazy with tunics in brilliant, bright colours and patterns and match it up with a skirt, or chinos. Khakis also work well for boys, jeans having taken a back seat.
Tee shirts are all the rage- girls and boys alike. They too don't shy away from making bold statements on their chest, branding their thoughts. The traditional panjabi has seen a revolution in design and so has the humble pyjama. Boys and young girls can flaunt this 'hitherto' neglected fashion-wear in styles as classic as aligori, churidar, patiala or as stylish as draped, dhoti-like. But the evergreen remains. Girls still go crazy over frocks and boys for jeans and tees.
So, how many dresses did you take this Eid? You say yours and I'll say mine…
Continuing in our endeavour to keep things healthy and delicious at the same time, this week, we have a collection of new recipes that will give you wider and tastier options if you're looking for something beside the regular Ramadan fare.
Prawn and tomato salad
Fish fry with sesame seeds
Food prepared by Samina Quasem
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