A muted celebration

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While the spirit of the festival remains alive, this year, especially owing to the lockdown, Eid-ul-Fitr will be a more sombre home affair, one with more sacrifice and less party. For some though, it will be even harder

DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT BUZZ

As the lockdown dampens the gala celebration of Eid, several families have more reason for not being able to celebrate Eid with joy and fervor.

“For us, this Eid has no meaning whatsoever, for my son died in an accident just before the start of Ramzan,” says Aphsara Wasur, a young widowed mother of late 19-year-old Salim who died in a hit and run case on April 22.

Demanding justice, she recalls how every year during Ramzan he would wear a white kurta to pray ‘namaz’ with the men in the family and keep ‘roza’, despite doing physical activity, being a sports person. On Eid, she remembers, he used to like to colour-coordinate his outfit with her. He would have bath, wear a clean salwar, apply soorma and the cap and go to the masjid to

read namaz.

“Our home has been plunged into sadness as the culprit is now out and not perturbed. What do I live for and whom do I pray for now? How can Eid be celebrated like this?” she sobs. “Allah shouldn’t have cut short his life in this manner. He believed in Allah and lived the life in accordance with what the Quran says.”

His uncle, Sameer Kenchikera states that the family had great plans for Eid this year, hoping that the lockdown would end by them. But now they have no desire to celebrate any function or Eid for the rest of the year, till they get justice.

“Even if we live in a shanty in Porvorim, we would do our best and make sure the children in the family get to eat well on Eid and delicacies are prepared, but this time, and until don’t know when, no one wants to think of the festival and no one has been fasting and praying,” he says, adding that no new clothes or anything will be bought. “However, it will be a day where we remember Salim and recall all the good times and how we celebrated Eid with him being the eldest son in the family,” he adds.

Meanwhile for another family in Tiswadi, the day will also not be a festive one unlike last year when the newly wedded daughter-in-law accompanied her mother-in-law in preparing biryani and sheer khorma for neighbours

and friends.

Despite the lockdown, Eid tomorrow would have been an intimate affair, but one that celebrates faith, and the spirit of Eid, with restrictions and abiding

of rules.

However, in mid-April, the matriarch of the family fell ill suddenly. Running around from hospital to hospital to get opinions and diagnosis done during the holy month of Ramzan meant that neither ‘roza’ nor proper ‘namaz’ could be offered.

“Eid this year will be pretty sad, as we cope with the illness of our mother who is under medication. However, we are trying to remain strong for her and make her happy and respect the will of Allah and ask for ‘dua’ that she gets well soon,” says the son, who says that he hasn’t stopped praying and believes that Allah knows best.

Also, owing to the lockdown, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated without congregational prayers and shopping. “Every year, we prepare sweets, visit our relatives and invite friends to our home but this time it is avoided due to lockdown. When everyone is suffering, what is the point of celebrating? The real celebration of Eid for me is to help poor who could not afford to celebrate,” he says.

Also, he adds with everything becoming costlier and prices of chicken and meat skyrocketing, it’s difficult to buy in bulk. “It is really unthinkable for us to celebrate without meeting and greeting family and friends personally. Since we are home quarantined, visiting others is out of

question,” he says.

As no collective prayers take place in the masjid, Islam brethren will pray within their homes for ‘dua’ (blessings) by reciting the Eid takbeer – Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. La illaha illallaah wallaahu akbar. Allahu akbar wa lillaahil hamd.