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‘Eid is always unpredictable. It’s about the sighting of the moon that determines whether Ramadan is for 29/30 days. Once the moon is sighted the next day is ‘Eid. So we all stared making plans for ‘Eid: what day to take off work, what to wear, who’s gone ‘Eid shopping, what we have left in the fridge and how it’ll last till ‘Eid etc etc.
My main concern was what would be left in the fridge and what I would have to make in the days leading up to ‘Eid.
I had my sisters round and mum brought out the cheese rolls for the kids and the chicken or the rest of us. An hour before iftaar dad wanted to make something that would take at least 2 hours to make. Mum kept him away from the kitchen, long enough to make him forget about making it. Knowing how stubborn he is, he would have made it, no matter how long it took.
Because Ramadan started on the 10th July, it’ll be ‘Eid on either Thursday 8th or Friday 9th August. But this is how things usually go down for ‘Eid; those who can’t make it ON the day, come later in the month and give their greetings. This means that for 1 month we have to be on standby in case we have any late ‘Eid wishers. We’ve had people come 7 weeks later and greet us with ‘Eid Mubarak!
Coming back to iftaar, it was a simple one: lots of fruit, some fried treats on the side and kisuri.
But there was this fight over who would eat more of the Bangladeshi mangoes and who the Pakistani. It’s the unfortunate truth Bangladesh doesn’t produce mangoes that are sweet, so there’s no point in even comparing them to Pakistani ones; which are the sweetest mangoes I’ve ever had! Dad tried to force the Bangladeshi mangoes on everyone, but the Pakistani ones won and it never felt so good being a traitor!