Eid is in the middle of the week, and thus away from family making it a bittersweet holiday for though the day remains special, you're away from those most special to you. Still, there's beauty in the holiday, so here are my three beautiful Eid things in no particular order:
1. Homemade Chocolate Chip pound cake: I grew up eating savaya on Eid morning, the sweet aroma swirling through the house but on my own I make this. Huda shared it with me years ago. Though she has since graduated to increasingly sophisticated confections, I still hold this as my favorite dessert. Its not my mother's Eid sweets, but its still good. If you're in the mood for a slice, come on by!
2. Eid Namaaz. Lots of girls I know don't go for Eid Namaaz, but for me there is no Eid without it. I miss the way it is conducted in my parent's city but I look forward to praying in our brand new Musjid that makes me feel so very proud.
3. Friends. My first Eid away from my family was in friendless, cold Michigan. I remember sitting at my breakfast table, a talk show low in the background, dressed up in my Eid finery, with no one to see, no place to go. An Eid unshared is no Eid at all. Tonight I remember that and remind myself to be thankful for friends to spend the day with, to not be alone at a breakfast table, the memories echoing louder in the silence.
Eid Mubarak to you and yours and happy Rosh Hashanah to those of you who may observe.