Hey, friends. Eid Mubarak to you all. Since Eid is upon us, I can’t help but think about what Eid was like in your childhood versus what it is now as an adult. Boy, have the times changed! So, all you people in your twenties, let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember what Eid was like in the good old days.
Deciding what to wear
Childhood: Basically just wear whatever mama picked out and wear it quietly even if she makes you wear that ugly turtleneck sweater under your clothes since eid used to be in slightly chilly weather.
Now: Spend FOREVER looking for something to wear and eventually end up sweating like anything because that’s what happens when Eid is in June!
Waking up in the morning on Eid
Childhood: Chaand Raat meant being out with the family, to buy bangles and getting mehndi. You probably couldn’t sleep from the excitement of Eid being the next day anyway, but you wake up early and on time to get ready and look FAB!
Now: You probably decided to stay in for Chaand Raat but didn’t sleep because of Netflix. You’re probably the last to wake up in the morning and get ready, inevitably being late for everything.
Childhood: Mom would force everyone to stand in a line in the garden so she could take pictures, only for us to see the horrible outcome when the pictures would be developed a month later.
Now: Taking an infinite number of selfies to really capture your #EidLook in the best lighting while mom judges you and tells you ke terhi shakalein mat banao.
Childhood: Anxiously waiting for the sawaiyan, gajar ka halwa, kheer, and all else to be ready so you can be the first to wolf it down after a month of fasting!
Now: YOU have to help prepare these now because your mom is passing the chamach down to you! You still enjoy eating these sweets obviously because no Eid is complete without them.
Entertaining your guests stays pretty much the same but the comments from aunties are dramatically different
Childhood: You would go and say salaam to the guests in the nicest way possible in hopes of extracting as much Eidi as possible while aunty-jee asks “Beta, school main konsi position hai tumhari? Exam main kitnay marks aaey?” And when the day is over, your parents will lecture you ” Tumhay pata hai kay falanay kay beta/beti kay itnay ziada marks hain! Khud bhi kuch parh liya karo!”
Now: Serving lunch/tea/dinner to your guests while, if you’re a female, they observe your potential bahu skills. While Eidi is pretty much out of the question, comments about looks are definitely not! ” Hai kitnay patlay/motay ho gaey ho beta! Exercise kiya karoo.” And of course, this goes for both males and females. Oh and let’s not forget the “what will you do after university?” question!
Childhood: Looking for adults to get Eidi from and then sitting around at the end of the day, comparing how much you’ve managed to collect, with your siblings/cousins.
Now: Giving Eidi to the younger ones in the family and barely receiving any yourself because “Beta ab toh itnay baray gaey ho, kis baat ki Eidi?”
Spending time with your family
Childhood: Running around the house with your cousins and having arguments about who gets to sit on the swings first while the adults sit and have chai.
Now: You’re the adult, sitting and talking, sipping chai, thinking: “Where have the times gone when Eid was about running till you run out of breath and being scolded for inevitably breaking something?” *Sigh*
How has your Eid changed over the years? Comment down below and let us know!
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