Eid is a day of celebration for Muslims around the world. It is a day to rejoice with your near and dear ones… a day to spread joy, happiness blessings.
But for a lot of Muslims living and working in the west it is often just another day. It is just another reminder of how much they miss their family and friends back home.
There is no real Chaand Raat celebration so they try and create their own by inviting friends over and creating their own madness and mehndi designs!
Eid morning is mostly spent at the mosque and then in talking to relatives back home followed by the normal day routine – yes, there are no Eid holidays in western countries!
Some people may take the day off and hastily organise a gathering of other like-minded individuals to celebrate the day.
There may also be an organised event at the local mosque or community centre.
Some people may go to their favourite desi restaurants to have a celebratory meal.
Well, come to think of it, its not just another day even if you are away from home. Its still a day of celebration but just in a different way! Its still a day to be spent with your friends who are in the same position as you and who have learnt to adapt and celebrate in their own unique way!
If you know someone who is celebrating Eid away from home then give them a call or drop them a note to let them know you are thinking of them.