Eid holds a special place for Moroccan-Canadian actor Nora Fatehi of Dilbar Dilbar fame, who is spending the special day away from home this year due to her busy work schedules. “Eid has an irreplaceable sentimental value and being away from home, Eid doesn’t feel the same," shares the actor, who is making waves with her scintillating performance on the 2019 renedition of O Saki Saki from the film Batla House.
Recollecting the Eid celebrations back home, she recollects the gaggle of the large, happy family that gets together on this day. "Back home, the entire family gets together to celebrate Eid. Everyone wears their new fancy outfits and the elders gift the kids some money as blessings. Sometimes, a big dinner feast is planned and sometimes, we spend the day at a theme park and end it with a sumptuous dinner at a local restaurant. The most important part of the day is when all of us, together with friends and family, head to the local mosque for Eid prayers,” recollects Nora who plans to connect with her family and friends on a video call this year "and do my Eid prayers and hope that next year I won’t have to spend this festival alone.”
Her fondest memories of Eid Al-Adha are associated with spending the day with people she loves. With stressful work lives, families may not be able to meet up as often as they like, "but everyone tries to meet and spend some quality time on the day of Eid. I valued those moments because they were rare.”
Food is synonymous with festivals, and especially so for Eid. The actor lists a number of traditional Moroccan dishes as her favourite. “Traditionally, on this day food is prepared with the animal that is sacrificed on the morning of Eid. Back home, the menu depends on my mother’s mood. It is either biryani or tagine." Tagine or tajine is a traditional Moroccan stew made with meat and vegetables which gets its name from the clay dish it is cooked in. My top picks are the Baghrir, also known as thousand holes pancake, a traditional Moroccan pancake made of semolina. We usually eat this during Ramadan and Eid with honey," she shares. Nora also lists Harira, a Moroccan soup eaten as a starter or light snack, made by her grandmother as one of her faves.
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Eid Al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is the second Islamic holiday observed by Muslims across the world. This day, locally known as Bakri Eid, commemorates the readiness of Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his 10-year-old son, Ishmael, after the former had a dream about the same. According to legend, he was determined to turn his dream into reality to prove his love for Allah, but God sent his angels and asked him to sacrifice an animal instead.
Ever since, on Bakri Eid, Muslims around the world sacrifice an animal that is dear to them to prove their devotion to God. The sacrifice is followed by a feast which is prepared for loved ones, the needy and immediate family members. The holiday is also an opportunity for Muslims to spend quality time with their loved ones. The festivities include buying new clothes and preparing traditionally festive dishes such as sheer khurma, nalli nihari, bhuni raan and more. Eid Mubarak!
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