Before writing about the pressing issue of bonded labor, let me dedicate this post to one of the most festive times for Muslims: Eidulfitri. After a month of fasting during Ramadhan, we celebrate by performing a mass prayer in the morning and get together with our family and friends after that. We would catch up with each other and eat, a lot. That’s for my family, at least.
I arrived in Lahore, Pakistan, a little less than a month ago. I had the privilege of spending the second week celebrating Eid with Ammar’s family and taking some photos of my experience. Lucky for me, my sister, back home in Singapore, enjoys taking photos too. I thought I could use this post to show you some similarities I learned between the Eid celebration in Singapore and Pakistan through our photos.
1) A Hungry Guest Is an Angry Guest
Nothing says Eid like eating like you have fasted for a whole month. Just like in Singapore, in a typical Pakistani household, the morning of Eid is spent cooking for the countless incoming guests.
2) Traditional Clothes Are the Best
Eid fashion is the best. During this time of the year, my family will flaunt the traditional Malay dresses, like baju kurung and kebaya to name a few. Just as back home, the traditional clothes here in Pakistan, shalwar kameez and kurta, are just as beautiful.
3) Kids Are Photogenic
Who doesn’t like photos of kids? In traditional clothes? What?!
4) Proud of Our Matriarch
My grandmother plays a pivotal role in the family. She brings the family together. Everyone hopes to get her blessings in whatever we intend to pursue. My time with Ammar’s family in Pakistan confirms that his grandmother has a similar role too.
5) Family. Keluarga. Khandaan.
After all, Eid is about getting our families together, be it in Singapore or Pakistan. Let’s end this post with some family portraits.