id is normally an occasion of joy. One could feel the very enthusiasm in the air. This Eid will be celebrated simply. No going out to meet relatives. Prayers at home. No lavish 7-course meals. As we know Eid is a joyous occasion for all Muslims and in the Kashmir valley people have a special reverence for it. However, this Eid would be different from the Eids we have been celebrating before two years. The threat of Covid-19 is looming over our heads. Majority of the stranded students and tradesmen who were outside valley have returned back and are now under quarantine. Jammu and Kashmir is reporting hundreds of Covid cases everyday and had a dozen cases and scores of pregnant women have also been infected. From toddlers to elderly, it has infected people across all age groups. It has affected our economy. It has affected the way we worship. It has affected our soul.
The best way to celebrate this Eid is to think of the poor in your neighbourhood. This Eid demands that we donate generously so that those in financial trouble can also spend their Eid with their families. This Eid we can be each other’s support. We can spend more time with our family and less time on social networking sites. It is time to cater to our real social network-parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties, nephews and nieces. It is time to be easy on your spouse. One should remember that just like you can have a bad day at the office, she too can have a bad day at the kitchen. Let this Eid teach us that this life is temporary. Holding a grudge with people for a long time is not good. We must learn to forgive and forget. Let us make it a memorable Eid.