The beauty about most festivals in India esp. in cities like Mumbai and other cities is the multicultural aspect of the festivals. I remember my early childhood in Mumbai. During Ganeshotsav people of all religion were part of the Aarti. On Christmas we wished Merry Christmas to everybody irrespective if the other person was a Christian or not.
We would receive Diwali sweets (Faral) from our Maharashtrians neighbors’ and likewise we would invite my non Muslim friend’s home for “Sheer korma” My friends would go crazy tasting the sweet “Sheer korma” and wonder what would be the special recipe for it?
Sure, Eid is celebrated in many countries but in India it’s special. In Pune there is a tradition at some Eid-gah to distribute roses to Policemen on Duty at the Ground and they also distribute roses to Non-Muslim passerby in general. Likewise every city would have its own nuance and beauty of celebrating the festivities.
There have been high and low points in the communal atmosphere prevailing in the country but every time India has managed to come back to its feet. There have been incidents that have marred the brotherhood between the communities but in spite of all the issues its festivals that bring every community together.
Iftar Parties were a great form of spreading brotherhood in Ramazan where every community was invited to share the Iftaar but unfortunately they became politicized and an event for photo opportunity for politicians where by a lot of people began condemning the Iftaar Parties yet I would hope in future Iftaar Parties would be an event for different communities to get together. Ramazan food stalls ornate many of the cities in the month of Ramadan and of course they are primarily for the Muslims that fast but I can vouch there are many non Muslims who make the most of the month of Ramazan and try the various food delicacies on offing.
After Eid some communities have a tradition of holding Eid Milan ceremonies where people esp. friends and acquaintances of all religion are invited for a post Eid Celebration unfortunately I noticed this tradition has been on the wane in recent years. I wish this tradition continues and Eid Milan functions are held more often. It’s a great occasion for communal harmony among various communities
Today is Eid and it’s once again a great moment to spread Love and Brotherhood among all people. Of course Eid is a special moment for the faithful Muslim devotees who have fast entire month to affirm their faith in God but Eid also brings a great opportunity to spread brotherhood among all citizens of India. Thus Eid is the day when people get together and share their joys and throw all the differences away to embrace the sweet “Sheer korma” and brotherhood.
Let’s pray that this Eid just like Diwali, Christmas and all the other festivals keeps spreading love and brotherhood among all humanity among all Indians.
Eid Mubarak to All.