TV stars set to celebrate Eid
With Eid round the corner, popular stars of the Indian television gear up to celebrate the festival with friends and family.
Let's hear it from them how they are planning to spend the day:
Zohaib (Rajiv of Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke):
Eid has always been memorable as after fasting for a month we break our fast and celebrate. This festival has always been special as it marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Typically, we wake up relatively early in the morning-always before sunrise- offer Salatul Fajr, clean one's teeth with a Miswaak or a brush, take a shower (Gosul) after Fajr, put on new clothes and apply ittar before attending the special Eid prayer (salah). As a child I loved everything about Eid but getting up very early in the morning to get ready and go for the morning Namaaz.
Though my parents are originally from Delhi, for the past twenty years they have been staying in Mumbai. Till date we have followed a custom during Eid. After the morning prayers, a kafila (group of 15-20) people goes around wishing 'Eid Mubarak' to everyone in the colony and in the process savors the Eid special delicacies at every place they go.
After visiting the third or the fourth house everyone is so full, that the sight of food makes them feel sick. I don't remember a single Eid when I had not over eaten.
This year too I would like to go to Navi Mumbai, where my parents stay and celebrate Eid exactly the way I have been doing it for years.
Like any other child I used to look forward to receiving Eidi, small sums of money, from elders and new clothes.
Shahbaaz Khan (Tuntun Singh of Afsar Bitiya):
Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fi and #7789;r means "to purify"; and so the holiday symbolizes the purification after completing the fasting month.
This is the most special festival in our calendar and every year has been special in some way or the other. After the morning prayers the entire day is spent enjoying with family and friends. It has been a tradition in our family to do a lot of charity throughout the Holy month of Ramzaan.
Faisal Khan (Winner of DID L'il Masters):
Eid is always a special time for me and my family. This Eid will be extra special for me as it will be my first visit home after having won DID L'il Masters.
My naani has promised to make my favourite kheer and shahi tukra so I am eagerly looking forward to going home for Eid! My mom had told me that the entire neighbourhood is looking forward to having me home for the Eid celebrations. They even had a small celebration when they found out that I had won!
Roopal Tyagi (Gunjan of Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke):
I have a lot of Muslim friends and Eid to me is all about trotting on an elaborate gastronomical trail throughout the day. Every year I go to a friend's place and watch the entire family cook an elaborate feast.
By evening the house is filled with friends and relatives who swear by the mutton biriyani prepared by my friend's mother. Since, I am a vegetarian aunty makes it a point to make the yummiest veg-biriyani on that day. Apart from the biriyani I also gorge on sewaiyaan and the famed sheer kurma.
Zahida Parveen (Gayatri Suraj Pratap Scindia of Punarvivaah):
Whenever I think of Eid, the first thing that come to my mind is how as kids we used to get excited about new clothes and receiving eidi from our elders.
All of us cousins used to spend the entire day together and in the evening we used to burst fire crackers. Even today, Eid is all about being with the family and thanking God for all the blessings throughout the year.