The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit us badly and dampened the festive spirit. Thus, Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations will be low-key and completely different this year. With Thursday marking the end of Ramadan 2021, we spoke to some TV celebs about how they plan to celebrate Eid this time.
Will spend time with the family and pray for a perfect world: Rakshanda Khan
For me, Eid is about spending quality time with the family. I will spend as much time with my folks as possible. I’m blessed that my parents live in the same complex and so, meeting them won’t be a problem during the lockdown. Since I am a lockdown cook, preparing Eid delicacies is completely my mom’s department and I’m looking forward to having several bowls of sheer khurma. The global pandemic has affected everyone and I will pray for a perfect world where children can go out and feel the festive spirit.
I will do something for my staff who need aid: Eijaz Khan
With the entire world going through so much of pain and suffering, one does not feel like celebrating. But in keeping with the spirit of Eid, I will do my bit to help others. Praying for all and giving alms is the essence of Eid and with the current situation, I will surely help the needy people. This is the perfect occasion to do some charity and I will definitely do something for my staff members, who need aid. Fortunately, I am in a better position this year to help deprived people. I’m not keeping well and so, I have decided to be at home and not go out to meet my father. Though I have tested negative, I have decided not to meet him to be on the safer side. Pavitra is taking great care of me and I hope she will prepare something for me. Whatever she cooks, she makes it with all her heart. I will pray for everyone.
Will like to share Eid delicacies with children at an orphanage in Jaipur: Shireen Mirza
This will be Shireen Mirza’s first Eid after her engagement with Delhi boy Hasan Sartaj. Shireen had elaborate plans but considering the current situation, she has decided to keep it low-key. Beginning her day with prayers, she wants to bring a smile on the faces of the kids at an orphanage in Jaipur. She shares, “Though the current situation has dampened my spirits, I want to lift the spirits of the little kids at the orphanage. There will be a lavish spread of Eid delicacies including sheer khurma and biryani, and I would like to share them with these children. Charity is part of the celebrations and we will be preparing food packets to distribute. While I personally wanted to go and wish those kids a happy Eid, I don’t think I can do so because of the lockdown. This is my way of trying to make the society a better place during these tough times. Also, I would like to decorate a little corner in the house to make my little nephew get the perfect feel of the festival.”
We will buy oxygen cylinders for a hospital: Arhaan Khan
Even last year, we had low-key celebrations. I was planning to celebrate it in a grand manner and came to Jaipur for this. Since all the excitement has been overshadowed by the pandemic, my family and I have decided to spend that money on buying 100 oxygen cylinders and providing them to a hospital. Since there will be no congregational prayers at the mosque, I will pray at home with my family for the well-being of everyone. After this pandemic is over, we will celebrate next Eid together and I hope there is no coronavirus in the world then!
It will be a low-key affair at home: Adaa Khan
It will be a low-key affair at home. Even last year, there was no celebration as my aunt had passed away. This year, I will make sheer khurma and do my regular prayers. I was in Goa for Ramzan with my father. He wanted to be home for Eid. I have been praying throughout that the pandemic should end and we should get back to normal life. My prayers are for everyone who is unwell or has lost a dear one. I request everyone to follow the guidelines, wear a mask while going out to buy essentials and stay at home otherwise. This, too, shall pass.
We will cook for the needy and distribute it: Hasan Zaidi
Hasan, who loves inviting his friends to get-togethers at home every year on Eid, will be celebrating it with his family this year. He says, “There will be no lavish celebrations this year. I, along with my brothers, will cook for needy people and distribute it. It’s about making others happy and feeling blessed. It’s strange how things have changed due to the pandemic and the mode of celebrations has changed too. So, there will be no shopping this year. I just want to pray for the entire world.”
Tough to be away from the family on Eid but it’s essential for our safety: Fahmaan Khan
The world is going through a lot and we are fighting this deadly pandemic every day. The prime focus is to do our bit in this fight and we need to stay safe so that we do not infect others. This Ramzan didn’t feel like Ramzan. Being away from my family to keep them safe was a tough decision but I have no complaints. I’m not going to go home on Eid because I need to do my bit to not add to the country’s suffering amid this pandemic. I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to everyone but urge people to stay home. Do not do anything that might endanger people around you.