I can’t wait for Eid celebrations, but it’s hard to forget the religious inequalities of lockdown

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For Muslims everywhere, Eid is a time of joy, festivity and tradition. It starts off with getting ready in time for Eid prayers, which is the biggest event of the day. The entire Muslim community reunites at the local mosque, with calls of “Eid Mubarak!” echoing across the halls. Outside, people set up food stalls, selling everything from sweets to full chicken dinners.

This is followed by the traditional Eid breakfast in all its grandeur and glory – my mother’s triangle-shaped parathas are my favourite. In pre-Covid times, the rest of my day would be spent with family, friends and a lot more food, with my mum’s biryani as the star of the show.