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Eid Al Adha 2020: UAE residents thankful for 'best day of the year'

Khaleej Times 2020-08-01 05:11:26

Eid Al Adha celebrations may have been quiet and intimate, but for families in the UAE - it was, still, 'the best day' of the year and definitely 'an experience to remember'.

Hamed Atef Mohamed, a student, said having to hold the festivities indoors did not dampen their spirits at all. "For all of us, this is the best day of the year. Eid means love and happiness. We prayed together. We exchanged greetings with our relatives and shared gifts with our family members," he said after wishing his father, Atef Mohamed Ismail, 'Eid Mubarak'.

For Dr Pintu Habeeb and his family, this was a unique experience, and it was different from what they had expected when they landed in the UAE from Melbourne a few months back.

The family, including three kids, has quickly adapted to the new normal's golden rule, '#StayHome, StaySafe'. "We entered the UAE just before the #StayHome protocols. We had a modest Eid Al Fitr and a similarly toned down Eid Al Adha. We prayed at home. My sister and her family live nearby but we avoided visits. We have reserved this day for prayer and devotion. My wife Neethu and kids Eshan Rahman, Amal and Jehan Adam have adjusted to this situation," said Dr Habeeb.

Abdul Latif, a blue-collar worker, was happy to have a grand feast and virtual chats with family. "My friends and I got together and cooked in our accommodation. I caught up with friends and family through video chat. It was strange to stay indoors on Eid but an experience to remember."

Mohammed Salim, a patient, said the festival gave him more reasons to pray. "I am getting dialysis here, so I can't travel. I pray all day. I also hope the world gets out of this crisis soon."

Ashwani Kumar