What eid is for me ?
Islamabad, being still a new city, includes many people from other cities or villages. Just yesterday I was going to Jinnah Super, expecting lots of hustle on the roads, but was greeted with empty streets all the way.As children are freed from schools and colleges, people of Islamabad pack up and head to their villages. It’s been this way since the establishment of the city, and will continue to be so, for the years to come.
Still many people, like me, stay in the glamorous city. And it was one helluva eid we used to celebrate. Getting up for namaz, going to the graveyard, coming back home and meeting the muhallay walaas. Going to our dada’s house and meeting cousins and the gathered family members. Eating sawaeyan and other eid treats. Collecting eidi :) from every grown up and compare who’s got the most. And going to the market to buy candy and other sweets …
It used to be this way until I realized I had grown up and all the fun was over. Apart from the new clothes, my eid has become just another day. Sleeping all day long after the namaz and getting up late realizing eid was over.
Now, to me eid is before the actual eid, in which I shop for shalwar kameez and other clothings but not the eid day itself. The only hope for me to enjoy eid is to wait to have kids myself and celebrate with them, as eid is for kids, and to indulge in the kids’ joy.
It’s a long wait :(