Eid is…

Posted on October 23, 2006
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We want all of you to help us write this post for us.

Tell us, please, what Eid in Pakistan means to you by filling in the sentence that starts with “Eid is…” We are particularly interested in how you would complete this sentence in terms of the truly ‘Pakistani’ social norms that have evolved around the event.

You can complete the sentence as many times as you want; in ways that are humorous, thoughtful, philosophical, even cynical; but, please, not spiteful.

Here are a few ways in which we thought we might build the sentence:

  • Eid is… when the postman comes to your door and then refuses to give you the mail until ‘Eidee’ is given to him.
  • Eid is… Not being able to eat much on Eid day because your body finally got adjusted to the roza routine!
  • Eid is… going to Eid prayers in old chappals for fear of losing my new ones.
  • Eid is… traffic jams on Chaand Raat and people pour out for last minute shopping… And sight-seeing!
  • Eid is… taking my mother and sister to the darzi on a daily basis after the 20th roza.
  • Eid is… when people hug each other and forget their differences; at least for a little while.

We hope you will play along and add more to this list of what ‘Eid is…’ in Pakistan.

Ours is a blog about Pakistani society so we have been focussing on the social aspects of Ramzan and Eid. Of course, these are religious events and have deep spiritual importance. In focussing on the social practice of Ramzan and Eid we do not wish to understate the religious significance; we merely wish to focus on what we can do best here and leave the deeper religious discussions for other forums better suited for those discussions.

By the way, as you might have noticed, we started our Eid buildup – in typical Paksitani fashion – rather early with a whole series of posts that began with teh advent of Ramzan.

  • We started with the advent Ramzan and a post about khajoors (dates).
  • We followed it up with something about Ramzan Cricket, a uniquely Pakistani ritual.
  • Next was something about Qawalli, which is a staple of PTV Sehri transmissions.
  • Shirazi launched us into the Eid mood by writing about Eid Cards.
  • We started getting into the mood of things with a post on auspiciousness of Juma-tul-Vida, Diwali and Eid.
  • We have had our Eid poetry mehfil going for a few days now and as they say, ‘ab mehfil joosh pay hai.’
  • Of course, food is integral to everything; especially Eid… in this case Eid Cakes.
  • Finally, our Eid Mubarak post a little while ago thanking you all for your support and interest.

Eid-ul-Fitr 2006 Blog Posts

30 Comments on “Eid is…”

  1. ALVIPERVAIZ says:
    October 23rd, 2006 11:23 am

    Eid is standing on the rooftop and searching for the ‘moon’.

  2. Rabia Bashir says:
    October 23rd, 2006 12:51 pm

    Eid is when families, children and friends get together and greet eachother

  3. ayesha says:
    October 23rd, 2006 1:33 pm

    Eid is chaand raat! The Mehndi, the preparation of sewain, the cleaning up of the house, the ironing of clothes, ensuring you have all the right assortments to get dressed on eid day. The madness of chaand raat is eid to me!

  4. ayesha says:
    October 23rd, 2006 1:33 pm

    and oh, eid mubarik to all! :)

  5. Daktar says:
    October 23rd, 2006 3:14 pm

    Eid is… all about family!

  6. sadia says:
    October 23rd, 2006 3:54 pm

    Eid is allowing your mother to dress you in chamki kapray and think you look amazing. But most of all Eid is about being in a state of mesmerizing happiness surrounded by friends who are practically family.

  7. Hadia says:
    October 23rd, 2006 5:56 pm

    Eid is: having that rush of people coming to your house, and you going to other peoples houses

  8. Mariam says:
    October 23rd, 2006 10:39 pm

    Eid is – fishing for My mom’s coolest purse to collect my Eidee.

  9. Samdani says:
    October 24th, 2006 1:25 am

    EID is… not knowing when Eid will be, even on Eid day!

  10. ahmed says:
    October 24th, 2006 1:34 am

    Eid is—-happiness, even if it only be for a short while; and forgetting your sorrows for that duration…
    Eid is : sharing .
    Eid is Eid— it cannot be compressed into a definition.
    It is a state of being.

  11. October 24th, 2006 2:08 am

    Adnan Siddiqui said this in a different Eid post, but I laughed out loud and thought it fits so well here to:

    Eid is… Gaye Soap Bananay Waloun ki Janib se tamam Ahl-e-Watan ko Dilli Eid Mobarak

  12. October 24th, 2006 5:58 am

    Eid is.. When a Pakistani Guy commits sucide because He couldn’t arrange new Eid Dress. Will we again blame govt? Are we not all(*educated* mullah bashers, jahil mullah defenders, silent souls ) responsible for this? Heck I feel like a murderer. I wish I wouldn;t have read this.

    on a related note, Clickety

    @Adil bhai: I don’t feel good after reading the news:(

  13. October 24th, 2006 6:03 am

    OK,trying to change my mood,

    Eid is.. when sehri wala knocks at your door on 1st day of Eid and demands Eidi just because he appeared in last few rozas of Ramadan.

  14. Amra says:
    October 24th, 2006 8:23 am

    Eid is never the same as it used to be in Pakistan.
    Now it is trying to explain to my (non-muslim) colleagues what Eid is….. after spending the month explaining what Ramadan is…..

  15. brownie says:
    October 24th, 2006 11:51 am

    Eid is when in the preceeding days&nights the boys / men have a field day oogling, staring, lusting, touching, rubbing, harrasing the sisters and mothers of others.

  16. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    October 24th, 2006 12:21 pm

    @brownie: man you just exposed us!

  17. brownie says:
    October 24th, 2006 12:51 pm

    note to ed:

    Was my last post here not true, that you deleted it?

    Kinldy appraise me of your policy, or do you do censor?

  18. October 24th, 2006 1:05 pm

    Dear Brownie.

    Yes, we do moderate comments both electronically and manually for inappropriate material. But, NO, I just checked and none of your comments are in moderation at this point. Nor has any been deleted.

    Messages are NOT deleted on the basis of opinion, they ARE deleted for inappropriate behavior, personal attack, and
    ‘batameezi’ (see policy).

    In future, please use comment form for messages to Administrator. Also, we tried responding to you via email instead of wasting other reader’s time with this. Unfortunately, the email you used was fictitious; please see ‘Comment Policy’ section on this.

  19. brownie says:
    October 24th, 2006 1:24 pm

    [quote comment="5309"]note to ed:

    sorry i was having a problem with the browser which was not showing the page correctly. my error.

  20. October 25th, 2006 12:42 am

    Eid is ,,,when ever you call someone on Eid day his/her or yours first question”tum logon ki Eid aaj hai ya kal ho gayee ya ho gi?Don’t know if there is one earth,one moon then why we Muslims always have EId on different dates.

  21. Arsalan Ali says:
    October 25th, 2006 1:17 am

    Eid is:

    Going to Faisal mosque, stuggling to find a parking space, then being harrassed by the ISI as one trinds to find a place to pray, then looking up at the sky to see two helicopters fly in the “Saviours of the Nation” to the mosque to honour us with their presence.

  22. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    October 25th, 2006 1:39 am

    AoA All!

    So finally today is Eid celebration. Eid is the day of forgivness so I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to ask apology from everyone who would have hurt by my rude comments, hope there would be no hard feelings. I also forgave to thosw who would have reacted rudely.

    Forgive others, it would bring much spice in your celebration. have fun and tata.

    p.s: a question from all overseas, how do you pray eid namaz, i mean I think there would be no concept of Eidgah over there, so in community centers or what?

  23. Farrukh says:
    October 25th, 2006 1:47 pm

    Adnan, thank you for that sentiment and gesture. I think this is the real spirit of Eid. I commend you and do the same if I have offended anyone.

    On Eid for us outside Pakistan, there are so many that in fact some Eid prayers are far bigger than even in Pakistan. In Texas, I am told, a football stadium is used as Eidgah…. Chicago, New York, Los Angeles also have HUGE namaz. In my mosque we had 3 sepertae Eid namaz shifts, each with around 1500 people (men AND women) and then food afterwards for everyone. So the prayer and the social aspects get combined.

  24. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    October 25th, 2006 2:13 pm

    dear farrukh

    thanks for your detailed and informative answer

  25. October 25th, 2006 5:42 pm

    Eid is a happiness collection dayJ when u are all dolled up wearing your best clothes, jeweled up in bangles and with mehndi beautifully adorned on hands, sheer khurma, chnad mubarak calls on chand raat, eid greetings to all elders, meeting family members… all seems a ritual.Three hugs and a cheery “eid mubarakâ€

  26. pinzee says:
    December 2nd, 2006 5:25 pm

    eid is…wen gaye soap, bahu soap and lado soap and also how ccan i ferget bili marka soap banano walo kay ads are onnn AIRRR!

  27. mazhar butt says:
    May 25th, 2007 8:47 pm


  28. Yasmin says:
    December 3rd, 2007 1:23 pm

    Eid is a mixture of joy & relief…
    being both happy & sad that the
    days of fasting are over.

  29. Good Muslim says:
    December 11th, 2008 5:20 pm

    eid is… when you and ur family gather and have fun also you go pray and your kids beg you for money

  30. December 14th, 2008 4:07 am

    Eid is our way of living a day in Heaven on Earth.

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