Joining hands in prayer

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Eid 2020 will be a festival with a difference. Given the anxiety all around, celebs have decided to tone down the festivities and reach out to the ones who need a helping hand. They are also set to keep the celebrations within the family and pray for a better world

Vaqar Shaikh, who plays Nanku Singh on Colors TV series Vidya, urges people to remain positive and look at the brighter side of things, “I will be praying that we all come out of this situation very soon and resume our lives, and celebrate a brighter Eid next year.”

Falaq Naaz, Devaki in Star Bharat’s Radha Krishn, adds, “Eid has always been a close-knit family affair for me. Every year, I spend time with my family, friends and co-stars.” This year, due to the lockdown, it will be different though. “My mother will prepare a few dishes and we will enjoy as a family.” To all his fans, he wishes, “I hope you stay safe and celebrate this Eid indoors.”

Family time

Singer Gurlez Akhtar is hoping to see her mother and siblings. “Usually at this time we were travelling abroad for shows, so often good wishes were shared over the phone.” This time around, as she is in Punjab, she’s looking forward to the special day. “I am happy that I will be with my mother and siblings, and share a meal together.”

Aasiya Kazi, Sharda in Sony SAB’s Tenali Rama, feels fortunate to be with her family. “Since we are all going to be home this year, I will certainly miss seeing my relatives and friends. I enjoy cooking, so I will be making biryani with my mom. This day reminds me of the tradition we usually followed, where every year my extended family used to watch the Salman Khan movie that was generally released on Eid. I will certainly miss that.” Aasiya urges her fans and viewers of Tenali Rama to celebrate the day with their families, even if it was on virtual mediums. “It is a day of togetherness and positivity. I hope we all find the strength to fight this challenging phase.”

Helping the needy

Aasif Sheikh, the Vibhuti Narayan of Bhabhi ji Ghar Par Hai! on & TV, has decided to tone down Eid celebrations. “Considering the critical situation we all are in, it is a conscious effort to cut down on lavish expenses, such as a huge variety for Iftari, expensive clothing, et al. The money saved will be utilised to provide basic facilities to the underprivileged. I believe the beauty of these festivals is not in making them grand, but bringing a smile on to the faces of those who are less fortunate

Gulfam Khan, Nazneen Chachi in Sony SAB’s Aladdin: Naam Toh Suna Hoga, is also looking forward to celebrating Eid at home. “My family members are spread all across at the moment and even though two of my sisters are in Mumbai, we won’t be able to meet personally; instead we will be meeting each other virtually over video calls.”

Gulfam couldn’t shop for an Eid outfit this year, but she intends on wearing the best she has. Also, she adds, “Sheer Korma is a must on the menu as it’s my personal favourite. What I genuinely love the most about Eid is the spirit, which is just like Diwali and Christmas. It’s all about positivity.” Gulfam urges everyone to keep spreading love, “It is crucial to keep our lives shining bright like the crescent moon of Eid and the lamp that brightens a Diwali night. This time shall pass too and we will all be rejoicing life together soon.”

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