Sanitizer replaces Ittar

The current pandemic is a dampener on Eid celebrations. With no prayers in mosques, no shopping, no stepping out to wish friends and families, all Eid excitement has been eaten up by Covid-19 fear. However, keeping the spirit of Eid alive and praying to God to heal the world, here’s how our celebrities are planning to celebrate Eid 2021

Missing the festive vibe: Zakir Hussain

Times are tough and saddening. We will offer Eid namaz at home and there are no plans of celebrations as such. My father passed away soon after Eid last year, so his presence will definitely be missed the most. Also, I miss going to the mosque, offering prayers and meeting everyone. Overall, I miss the usual festive vibe. Ramzan Eid is all about sweets so kheer and sewai are always on the menu. At times when sweets become too much, we opt for something savory like dahi vada.

Celebrations on the set: Sana Makbul

My Eid will be in Cape Town this year as I am shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi. And I will make sure to take Eidi from Rohit Shetty sir and others on the sets. I am looking forward to trying South African food and their desserts. Yes, I will miss my mom’s biryani and catching up with my friends and family.

Low-key affair: Anjum Fakih

Eid has always been special for me and my family and we celebrate it with a lot of enthusiasm and fanfare. But this year again it will be a low-key celebration at home. I plan to help my mother with cooking the yummy delicacies that she makes as well as spend some time chit chatting with my parents and sisters. I have a lot of pleasant memories attached with Eid. I remember, as a child every year, I would dress up in the finest of my clothes and wait for the elders to give me Eidi. We would also have a family get- together followed by a dawaat of biryani and sheer khurma.

Masks on the menu: Zayn Ibad Khan

I will not celebrate Eid. Yes, I have kept all the rozas but I don’t have any celebration plans. As a country we are all seeing the worst time. I know how it feels to lose someone because I have also lost the most important person of my life, my Abba. This will be the first Eid for my family without him. I urge people to please stay at home and don’t go out. Agar zinda rahe to phir Eid manayenge par abhi nahi. Eid menu this year will be hand sanitizers, double-face mask, social distancing, early call time, 12 hours of shoot and extra hours to learn some more good things.

Spaghetti amp; social distancing: Shehzad Shaikh

Eid is going to be a very closed and family event this time as we can’t risk an infection in the family. The menu will consist of the usual kheer but I and my brother love continental. So, a lot of spaghetti bolognese and barbeque. I will be missing meeting our other family members.

Biryani amp; loneliness: Hasan Zaidi

This year we will not be celebrating Eid in a grand way as we all are passing through a tough time and have lost our near and dear ones. Yes, as a family we will be together. My mother, my brother and his wife will be with us. My wife and kid are in Austria. It will be a quiet Eid dinner. Menu will be biryani and sewai. I will be definitely missing the get- together at home.

Food for less privileged Sara Arfeen Khan

In Mumbai, I have no choice but to celebrate Eid only with the family, my mother, sister and my twin babies Aizah and Zidane. I will also send some food out to the less privileged. It will be a relatively quiet Eid. I will definitely be feasting on some yummy biryani and some sweet dish. I have to keep the spirit of Eid alive. Normally, we would have a grand celebration.

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