Eid during this pandemic is going to be a little different this year
Usually, after a month of fasting in Ramazan, Eid is something we all look forward to. It’s an occasion of total celebration and joy for everyone. We cook great food, wear nice clothes and get our hands on some Eidi! However, this Eid will be different. In the post – corona world where social distancing is everything, we can’t begin to imagine celebrating the beautiful day as we once did.
Here are 11 struggles of celebrating Eid during a pandemic:
There will be no ‘Eid Mubarak’ hugs for friends and distant family
This is that one day where you participate in the massive Eid hug-athon. You bestow hugs and in turn, receive them in turn from every one you know and if you’re in a masjid, even from those you don’t know. Sadly, thanks to the coronavirus, if you want to stay safe yourself and keep others safe it’s best to avoid hugging or touching friends and even relatives who you’re not living with already.
Eid in the pandemic will be very different for families who live across the world because you can’t safely travel to meet your relatives without risking their and your health
With nobody boarding the overseas flights and even traveling intercity being high risk, despite the lockdown in Pakistan having ended, this Eid it would be different for relatives from all over the country. Thanks to Zoom and video calling, technology is going to help make this a little less difficult.
Since you won’t be meeting distant relatives, receiving (or rather not receiving) Eidi would be a big concern for all the kids
Eidi is arguably the most awaited perk of Eid-ul-Fitr. Finally, it’s that day you can get money from people without ever having to work for it and of course, act like it’s well within your right. Handling currency notes and meeting people is risky during this pandemic so receiving Eidi will be veeery different this year.
Lucky for all the kids, we just found out about this cool new thing that Easypaisa is bringing. Easypaisa is turning into Eidipaisa this year to help all you kids get as much Eidi as you can from all your relatives no matter how far they are 😉. Isn’t that cool?
There’s nothing to worry about if this Eid you can’t meet each other at least you can get Eidi through Eidipaisa.
For all the adults who have to send Eidi, all you have to do is transfer money into your Easypaisa app, and then you can easily send Eidi to anyone and anywhere that too with a personalized message while staying at home.
Because Eidi is going to be over Eidipaisa anyway if you’re smart, so Eid competitions with your cousins will also be online this year
With Eidi comes a fierce competition to see ke kiski sabse ziada hai. Competing with your cousins and getting involved in hilarious banter is half of the fun of collecting Eidi but I guess, we won’t be doing anything like that this Eid. Then again, it saves you from the jealousy if you’re the one who usually gets the least out of all your cousins and unnko nano wali side se zaada mil jati hai.
With Eidipaisa helping you get your Eidi online in a safe way, there is of course a need to count all your virtually-received Eidi. So set up a video call with all your cousins and start counting!
Social distancing is also going to change the way we offer Eid prayers
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t prayed once in the entire year but on Eid? You bet you’ll be getting all dressed up to pray and feel proud as a Muslim. Well, now since coronavirus is a threat anywhere people gather without proper distancing, going for the prayers without proper safety measures is a big question mark.
Dressing up will not be as fun this Eid with nowhere to go
Beautiful clothes, jhumkay, khussay, mehndi; for girls, Eid preparations start way before Eid does. We all want to look our best for the big day. Even guys bring out their newly bought and pressed shalwar kameez. Of course, the more dressed up people you have around you the more fun it is! However, this Eid, it seems most of us will be staying at home. So what can you do? Of course, do photoshoots and post all over your Instagram so nobody is deprived of your beauty.
Chand raat will not be the same, if you are smart enough to know not to risk your and your loved ones health by going out
Just thinking of going out in all that crowd is crazy. There’s no Chand Raat to celebrate, where you stay up all night, eating and having fun with cousins till the early morning Eid prayers. I guess this chand raat, you can just be satisfied with giving a call to your loved ones and watch something together on Netflix party?
No Eid dawats and eating out, all thanks to the pandemic
At least one huge dawat with all relatives is mandatory during Eid period. There you have all sorts of delicious dishes and an all you can eat option. After a month of fasting, nobody stops you from stuffing your face. However, we can’t have that this Eid. Still, no reason you can’t have a small nice lunch with your immediate family and send food pictures everywhere, right?
Boys in shalwar kameez aka eyecandy won’t be as abundant this Eid
Guess we’ll have to make do with Instagram thirst traps.
Going out for Eid lunches or late dinners during the pandemic with your cousins will be replaced with ordering in
I mean, when you have all this Eidi and you’ve stopped yourself from eating whatever you want, whenever you want all month, going out to eat with only cousins and no adults is a must. At least it was before corona hit the world. Now, you can’t visit your favorite restaurants unless you want to douse all your food in sanitizer. Instead, just cook something at home.
And for all the married folks, at least you don’t have to deal with elaborate susraal Eid plans thanks to the pandemic
Usually, one huge struggle for the married ones is getting all the susraal eidis right or someone will get mad. Ain’t nothing like drama like Eid drama. Families also have to make sure they visit every member of the nanehal and dadehal side with smiles plastered on their faces to make sure koi bura na maan jaye. At least, this Eid you can get it done with a phone call?
So are you guys facing any of these struggles while getting ready to celebrate Eid during the ongoing pandemic? What are your plans for Eid? Let us know in the comments.
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