Finally Eid on a weekend! If only they would agree on if it'll be saturday or sunday. But then that will be too much to hope for....the entire muslim community in NA agreeing at to have seen the crescent moon at the same time! puleez that will be like the evagelicals agreeing that Israel is wrongfully occupying Palestine.
I'd yelp with joy for not having to go to work on Eid, but then I think will the upcoming Eid parties be any different from all the neverending dinner parties our parents like to throw once (some more than that) a month?
New clothes- check. But we get new clothes all the time now as opposed to when we were kids. In fact I can buy new clothes whenever I want too, even tradional ones for the above mentioned dinner parties.
Lets see there are supposed to be over 150 people coming to my cousin's house Eid night...and a whole stream of people expected at my parent's house all day sunday.
Then some 300 people get-together of Bengali's at some Banquet hall next weekend.
So a lot of showing-off of new saree/jewellary styles, cries of 'OMG you look awesome' peppered with same musical performances!
hmm been there done that.
I guess what sets apart Eid day from othere days IS the morning prayer.
With 99% chance of snow (always on Eid), the large mounts of shoes in the mosque lobby, the stink of socks, all the jostlings for a good spot, the cries of babies whose mothers are stupid to go the room with a sign 'For mothers with small children' ; its excitement all right.
The cries of 'Eid Mubarak's followed by fervent hugging are quite nice though....even when you run into people you don't like- all is forgiven.
I'm too old of Eidee now which deprives of the other pleasant aspect of Eid : free money- as in money given without a sideorder of 'good advice' and 'guilt'.
I am supposed to GIVE Eidee now- which has its own benefits of a significantly lighter wallet.
Well there is the food aspect. But the chances of anything out of the ordinary fare of -'Biriyanis', 'beef/chicken', omnipresent 'fish' and 'sweets' - are slim.
Sweets are good though. Someone better make some 'Kalojam' and 'Rasmalai'. yum.
Meh, its alright I guess.
I miss the 'visiting-all-the neighbours-in-the-block and having sweets all day' from my Eids of early years in Bangladesh and Kuwait.
But its a different Eid here in Canada.
From the excitement of the kids who never experienced Eid anywhere but in here, our parents must be doing something right to keep up the traditions.
Eid Mubarak everyone!