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Column: Running the gauntlet of Eid delicacies
This weekend the festival of Eid will take place. For those not in the know it is held to celebrate the end of Ramadhan.
It has been pretty tough month for most Muslims having to fast the long hours from dawn till dusk.
I was pleased with how Ramadhan tends to bring out the best in us. There is a community spirit that you can’t replicate at other times of year.
On Eid I will be moving from one home to the next being offered more food than I can handle.
It can get quite cumbersome after a while and I know several people who plan their whole route. This is quite a genius thing to do as you only end up eating the best dishes from each home.
For instance if one home makes the best chicken legs — you eat those ignore everything else.
Yes, I know this whole tradition can be little over the top and having a fasted for a month some people do go too far. It also defeats the purpose of what you have just been through.
Not sounding as if I am putting a downer on things but I do also find the issue of new clothes a little too much.
Last year I wore tracksuit bottoms and a football shirt on Eid in the afternoon and was criticised by the other half. I think after a certain age you give up. I passed that age several years ago.
I did try to explain we actually end up playing football to burn off the kebabs and chutney.
Whilst most people will be trying to figure how to get through the day without over-indulging some will be taking to the roads and driving around in circles.
Oh, and we will get the odd nutter behaving like an idiot because ‘he wants to let off some steam’.
I think there some things in common with most festivals regardless of the religion.
The people who tend to celebrate it the most tend to be those that didn’t fast in the first place.
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