Eid without family gatherings might sound boring. But worry not, here are some precious things that can be cooked, performed and tried from the safety of our homes.

Eid is here and we are all jazzed up to celebrate this holy festival with joy and merriment. The Coronavirus can certainly not beat our festive vibes or stop us from rejoicing the auspicious day with our near and dear ones.  We can happily celebrate the festival from the safety of our homes and pray to the almighty for the betterment of the world and kindness to prevail.

In this moment of celebration, it is perfect to reconnect with our friends and the members of our extended family via video calls and have a lovely celebration virtually. Offering prayers from home and not attending large gatherings might be disappointing but that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the festive mood this time.

This Eid, help boost the business of Indian brands by buying things locally and promoting and supporting your family and friends’ businesses. So gear up and get new clothes and delicious food ready because it is time to celebrate and make some great memories with your family. Eid Mubarak!

Make this Eid in quarantine special in these simple ways:

Sheer Korma

Biryani and Pulao

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KEEMA PULAO A welcome break from my usual dum Biryani, where every ingredient needs to be cooked seperately. This ancient Indian rice dish is quite a successful experiment. The meat fuelled dish permeates every grain of fragrant rice. Soft scented Basmati redolent with saffron, rose and jaiphal. The succulent mince dotted with golden raisins and sweet green peas. The textures intermingle with grassy notes of fresh herbs such as mint and coriander. The heat of the popat mirch, the subtleness of warm spices, the ghee infusing every ounce of flavor through its fat and the lingering taste after every bite A true blue pulao to the core, as complex and as delightful as any of our wonderful Indian dishes out there. Pure Joy . . . #saferathome #cookinginthetimeofcovid #indiandishes #biranj #pulao #keema #slowcooking #roasted #hot #flavor #masala #sweet #dinner #healthyeatinghabitsrock #healthyfood #cheflife #chefstyle #cookingathome #easydinners #highlights #indianrecipe #indianfood #comfortfood #recipes #indiancooks #biryanilove #ricedishes

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New Outifts

New Kurta Pyjama

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#jummahmubarak❤️ 😇💕 #faizfa #team07

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Henna

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**GIVEAWAY CLOSED** – HAPPY WORLD ART DAY! 🤗🥰 . . This was one of the first professional photos I received of me “in action” and to this date, it’s still one of my favourite photos. I started henna really young and at that time, social media was pretty much non-existent and I had little to no resources to help me grow and better my art. Prior to being introduced to the work of countless talented artists from all over the world through social media, I was always in my little shell. Basically, what I’m trying to say is.. I’m grateful! Grateful for all that I’ve had the opportunity to learn and share through Instagram and through social media! SO…. on World Art Day, I thought of doing a lil giveaway for the chance to win a one-on-one henna class/lesson with me (2 hour lesson with a one hour follow up lesson – all virtual, of course) ☺️ . . Here’s how you can enter the giveaway – 1) Comment below and tell me what you love about being a henna artist! . . 2) Create a new design and incorporate some of your favourite elements. Be sure to add your name into the design, somewhere where it’s visible. You can do design on any canvas but the design MUST be done with henna. . . 3)Post the photo of your new design on your feed with the hashtag #HBDWorldArtDayGiveaway (so I can find it). In your caption, tell me about something you’ve struggled with in the past or continue to struggle with as a henna artist and what you’re currently working on improving. . . Giveaway will be closed on Monday, April 20th at midnight (EST). I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11AM EST. 🙂 Goodluck! . . While I’m hereee, I also wanted to just take today to first of all thank everyone who takes the time to drop a comment, like, share, DM. I don’t get a chance to get around to responding to everyone but believe me when I say this, I see you and I cannot emphasize enough how much your words mean to me. <3 Thank you & happy designing!

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It is officially summer on Martha’s Vineyard, the cars are here and the beaches are private. It is also a summer of major societal shift and upheaval. I am itching with discomfort but also curiosity. Equally hopeful humanity will wake up from the amnesia of the past, while full of doubt and paralyzation on how to thoughtfully move forward. A little henna for my feet marks the transition into this beautiful season. The ground is solid, the earth is giving. I look forward to sharing this simple love of self adornment with you all soon, I wish I knew when that was. I miss connecting with people of so many backgrounds and histories, over a shared love of this art. I cherish that this has been my way of forming a living. Being away from you all has highlighted the value I hold for this magical art form and it’s ability to connect us.

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The current situation is really taking a toll on almost every aspect of my daily life! . . . I took some time off to take care of myself but it was a super slow process and I’m still working on it 💪🏼 . . . Recently my brother and family bought a piece of land to do some gardening 🌱and I join them daily to keep my mind off everything that is happening around. . It’s actually helping to be outside, planting, enjoying the simple life! . . . I created this pattern few days ago while everyone was busy working on the land and I was really inspired by everything around me – the flowers, leaves 🌿🌼especially the fingertips I created, I tried something different & unique! I can’t wait to recreate it for my brides 😍 . The concept of the design on the palm was over all inspired by @mehndibyhayat #sonias_henna_art #hennaToronto #torontoart #artist #toronto #gta #hennatoronto #instagram #garden #floral #wedding #mehndi #funart #stayhome #art

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Exchanging gifts and sweets

Offering prayer together with family

Decorations

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Revamped my balcony recently to make it a little more peppy and vibrant! 🌈 This ofcourse is a temporary set up 😊 Just another nook where we spent some our evenings during the lockdown! ☕ Entire process was such a mood booster for me! 😬 So here I am sharing the glimpse of the makeover and hoping that you like it 🤗 Do let me know what you think? 💜 . . . . #uchomes @urbancompany_homes @myapartmentbalcony #beautifulhomes #mydesiswag #myapartmentbalcony #balconyview #goodhomesindia #mydecordrama #myhomevibes #myhomethismonth #homedecor #balconydecor #bohodecor #bohochic #homecanvas @indiandecorideas @indiatoday_home @theidealhomeandgarden @popsugarhome @tastemadehome @lbbinsiders @chumbak #stayhomewithchumbak @mygoodtimes @vajorexperiences @lbbdelhincr @thecraftsutra @plixxo

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Visiting a home shelter, old age homes (with necessary safety precautions)

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" World For All launched its feeding program which started with feeding 300+ dogs and cats has now grown to approximately 600 animals every day. While these animals may not belong to a particular person, they belong to our Earth and our society. In this way, the value of someone or some animals' life cannot be decided by us. Therefore, seeing the plight of these dogs and cats, I have decided to raise awareness and money for these dogs and aid in providing a safe environment and nutrition to these poor animals who haven't asked for these unforeseeable circumstances. I urge you to please provide your support, your love, and help me reach my goal. YOU can help in the easiest and safest way possible by donating to support World For All’s Lockdown Feeding Program. The WFA team is risking their lives every day to continue providing a basic right to these animals under a nation-wide lock-down which may not end soon" Link to donate https://bit.ly/334BZQy 🐾

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With an aim to improve nutritional indicators in the area, Save the Children has collaborated with the District Administration in West Singbhum, #Jharkhand. Together with Integrated Child Development Services, we have been conducting Recipe Demonstration drives. The idea is to showcase how mothers can prepare low-cost nutritious meals for their children and adolescents during these COVID-19 times. We involved women of the area and ensured their active participation in the activity. The community was oriented on healthy and better cooking practices, through which they can save their children from under-nutrition and also keep a check on their kitchen expenses. As #IndiaFightsCorona, we’re determined to #ProtectAGeneration. Join the movement: www.savethechildren.in

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Receiving Eedi from relatives

 

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Chayanika Roy
Creative thinker, writer and an orator, Chayanika Roy is a passionate journalist in making who loves to explore new opportunities, meeting new people and undertaking dynamic challenges. As an enthusiastic traveler, she enjoys capturing the beauty and culture of the places she visits. She has endeavoured in various fields including- content writing, photography, screenplay writing and social media. Writing for a national publication and working with organizations has given Chayanika a better sense of the creative field where she is stepping in.