Just like our previous Eid, for this Eid too our preparations start
much earlier on (i.e. buying new outfit and bangles etc.) We decide to
send money for our Qurbani to Pakistan to my uncle and he performs our
Qurbani along side his own. We do this because as per the norm, the meat
should be split in three parts, one of which is for the poor and needy
and lets face it, UK isn't really a poor country, hence we do our
Qurbani in Pakistan so that more needy people are fed.
On Eid day, we all wake up early and start making the food, our
main dishes include rice (brown and zarda), chicken and meat dish,
kebabs and roast chicken and a sweet dish which is usually kheer. We
have a bath/shower and put on new clothes before reading the Eid prayer.
Here in the mosque there are usually 3 Eid prayer opportunities and the
ladies are requested to join in the final one. We then come home and
eat and later our other family and friends visit our house and later we
go to their house.
Eid is a special day than any other day for my family as its the
one day where we ensure we are all together (me, my parents and 2 elder
brothers) This year, me and my brothers will be travelling to the US to
be with my parents on this special festive day.
Our celebrations start by a goat being bought by my father a few
days before Eid- this has been the case since childhood and we'd spend
majority of the time pampering and talking to it. while my mother is yelling at us to help her with the house chores.
The night before Eid, I apply henna on my hands as well as my
mother's hands too and we both bully our brothers and my dad to iron our
Eid clothes with the excuse that we can't do it ourselves because of
We wake up at 3.30am for the Tahajud and my mother starts to
prepare the sweet dish (siviyaan). After this around 7am, one by one we
all have a bath and get ready. My father and brothers visit the mosque
for the Eid Prayer while I stay back to help my mother complete the food
preparations and later we too join the Eid Prayer when preparation for
women to pray has been made at the mosque.
The meat is divided in three in the names of the deceit , elders
and the master of the manor as per the rituals and then the meat that is
to be distributed to the poor is carried out by all the family and its
something we cherish the most to be able to do something better and
noble on a happy and noble day.
Later, if the Butcher
arrives before my father and brothers return from the mosque, my mother
being a pathan doesn't wait for my father and gets the Qurbani done and I
stand second in command.
The rest of the day and the coming 2
days are spent in making delicious dishes which are shared among the
family and other relatives when they visit our house.
The first day of Eid on my end is insane. It starts super early at 7 AM
while the men go out to the masjid for Eid Prayers, the ladies are to be
ready and set to go as soon as the men are back. I also have 2 kids, so
I get them ready and then I get ready, so by 8 AM everyone is ready.
Then, as soon as the men come home from prayers, they get into their
shorts and tees and go out for the whole Qurbaani to begin which btw is
really tiring for me, because I have to literally hold my daughters
Then it's all about fun and cleaning up the meat. Oh and dividing it
into smaller plastic bags which are then put in a huge tub and sent out
for the guards to distribute to all the poor who come to the door to ask
for meat. Apart from this, there is also this HUGE dinner which we host
and the guest lists increases every year, so this time around we have
about 80 people coming in for dinner. Such is Eid for me. The second and
third day is meeting relatives. Oh and I also visit my own side of the
family at noon-ish, so that's fun too!