A different Eid in lockdown
A different Eid in lockdown
So this Eid was different.
I just had a baby (8 weeks at the time of writing!) and I have a two year old so all of us are self-isolating! No festivities with family, Hannah won’t get to play with her cousins, and nobody’s met baby Ishaaq (apart from a social distance). Plus with the Asian clothes shops closed, and my requirement for breastfeeding friendly outfits, there’d be no glamorous desi wear.
But there’s still lots to be thankful for. We’ve got our health, we can afford to buy Eid gifts and enjoy lots of comforts that others have never had. And we made it special for Hannah.
I ordered decorations from eidparty which really brightened up the place. Growing up, there was no such thing as Eid decorations (at least not in Wales) so it’s lovely to see businesses catering for the occasion now.
It’s so important for kids to look forward to Eid. When I was little, we used to think Christmas was magical because it was such a huge commercial affair. I’d get the TV Guide, circle all the programmes we were going to watch and admire everyone else’s Christmas decorations. Beyond samosas and a new outfit, there wasn’t much else to Eid. So now I felt it’s time to switch that up.
This is the first time I was doing a party so I was hoping Hannah would remember it. She talks about Christmas, and I wanted to show her that Eid is just as festive, if not more.
So confident was I of my grand plan that I even spoke to the media about it, appearing in Asian Voice and sharing my Eid in lockdown story.
Hey, I even appeared in a national newspaper in Bangladesh – the second largest in fact – stating my plans for an Eid in lockdown. This of course earned browning points with mum.
And here’s what actually happened to my Eid plans…
1. The Covid – induced Royal Mail delays almost meant I will Eid decorations didn’t arrive (thank you eidparty.co.uk for pulling it out of the bag and resending another batch).
2. Hannah‘s main present nearly didn’t arrive, but luckily Aldi came good the day before Eid.
3. Baby Ishaaq had his jabs the day before, so any plans that involved me having two hands-free was scuppered royally.
4. The point above meant that I was absolutely brutally shattered by 9pm. My back was busted from hours of rocking, cradling and comfort feeding. Therefore any plans to decorate the room the night before Eid didn’t happen.
Eid in lockdown – didn’t go to plan
Did I feel like a bad mum? Totally. Did I feel like I’ve ruined Eid? You bet I did. So what did hubby and I do? We improvised. I put up the bunting before Hannah came downstairs, and we did the rest of the decorations together. She loved the experience and it wasn’t any less magical, in fact it was possibly even more as she was involved in the process of watching each decoration unfold and even helped her daddy put up her teepee.
The rest of the day was a mix of video calls, opening presents and lots of play. Was it a perfect day? No. Was it a Instagrammable? Not really. Did I take lots of fabulous pictures? No. Was my make up immaculate? Yeah right, all I wore was a slick of lipstick. Did Hannah think it was the Best day ever? Definitely. And ultimately that’s all that matters. So if you’re seeing amazing Eid photos and thinking your day with less than perfect, just remember that’s not real life. And it’s certainly not my life. That perfect stuff never happens to me.
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