Anah Shaikh on the shades of traditions, memories, and anticipations of Eid as an adult

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With Eid celebrations in order, Anah Shaikh gets candid and shares the intimate connections she has to this cherished festival and more.

As the crescent moon marks the arrival of Eid, we can sense our hearts bloom with joy and a profound sense of tradition. From the prayers that earnestly go on for days to the mouthwatering feasts you often hear about, Eid is about the exchange of heartfelt gifts, and vibrant gatherings that turn into unforgettable memories. As one of the two big holidays celebrated by the Muslim community commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan, we know that it's not just about fasting. If anything, it's about the colorful shades of customs, memories, and a deep-rooted sense of community. Eid continues to be a festival that goes beyond cultural boundaries highlighting a shared commitment of love, understanding, and humanity. With the world basking in the holy spirits of the season, we reached out to Hijabi Influencer and content creator Anah Shaik to further understand every memory attached to the festival as she shares what it means to her as an adult.

Also Read: 10 things that make the festival of Eid all the more special

Here's what Anah had to say -

How have Eid celebrations evolved over the years, both culturally and socially?

Over time, Eid celebrations have become more varied as people from different cultures and backgrounds bring their customs and traditions to the festivities. This diversity adds color and excitement to the celebrations, making Eid a more vibrant and inclusive occasion for everyone to enjoy. The rise of social media has transformed how Eid celebrations are shared and experienced. Influencers and individuals alike now document their Eid experiences through photos, videos, and stories, allowing for greater connectivity and sharing of traditions across borders and cultures. Overall, while the celebrations may have evolved over the years, the spirit of Eid – of love, generosity, and gratitude – remains as strong as ever.

Do you find that incorporating aspects of your culture enhances your content, particularly during Ramadan?

Absolutely! Yes, including elements of my culture enriches my content, especially during Ramadan. It helps me connect with my audience and share authentic experiences. By sharing traditions and Ramadan stories, I create a deeper bond with my audience and celebrate the values of faith, family, and community together.

How do you even out traditional aspects of Eid celebrations with contemporary influences in your observance?

I strive to maintain a balance between traditional aspects and contemporary influences. While I cherish and uphold timeless traditions such as prayers, family gatherings, and sharing meals with loved ones, I also embrace modern elements such as social media sharing, exchanging digital greetings, and incorporating new dishes or activities into the celebrations. By blending the old with the new, I ensure that my Eid observance remains rooted in tradition while also reflecting the evolving dynamics of today's world. This approach allows me to honor the past while embracing the present, creating a meaningful and memorable Eid experience for myself and those around me.

Lastly, can you share any personal anecdotes or memories of Eid celebrations from your childhood compared to present-day celebrations?

Growing up, Eid was always a magical time filled with excitement and anticipation. I remember waking up early to the sound of my parents preparing special dishes for breakfast, and the joy of wearing new clothes and exchanging gifts with my sibling. As a child, Eid meant visits to relatives' homes, where we'd receive Eidi (money gifts) and indulge in delicious homemade sweets which are known as sheer khurma. The day was spent playing games with cousins and relishing the joy of being together.

Now, as an adult, while some traditions remain unchanged, such as the special prayers and family gatherings, Eid has taken on a deeper meaning for me. It's a time to reflect on the blessings in my life and to give back to those less fortunate. I find myself cherishing the moments spent with loved ones even more, knowing how precious and fleeting they can be.

Feel free to share your insights about Eid like Anah in the comments below. Eid Mubarak to all!

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