With lockdown laws across the world, and South Africa, we are being cautioned to leave home only for essentials and stay in as much as possible. After a beautiful month of fasting Ramadan, we are celebrating Eid Ul Fitr a little differently this year.

I am no stranger to lonely Eids, after marrying my husband in May 2016 I joined him on many of his travels for cricket tournaments and leagues. Some of which coinciding with Ramdaan and Eid. What that meant is sometimes lonely Eid celebrations spent on airports with a bag of chips or exciting ones with new friends inviting us into their homes halfway across the world to celebrate.

This year we would have been all alone in England while my husband played cricket for Worcestershire Country Cricket Club. I had it all planned out, we would decorate our little home with fairy lights and candles. I would take a drive down to Birmingham to source some halal lamb and I would prepare a roast dinner with veggies and buy a delicious dessert from Marks & Spencer. We would dress up and video call our family in South Africa.

What I find strangely amusing about this whole plan is that we are stuck in our home country, just minutes away from family but having the same Eid celebration we had always planned! Instead of driving forty minutes to Birmingham from Worcester, I will head to my local halal butcher and grab my desserts at Woolworths instead of M&S. In some ways a more convenient Eid than usual. I will definitely miss moments with my family this year especially my eighty nine year old grandmother who I think about all the time.

What I can say I am really grateful for is that we have each other and we can make special memories in our home that will make for interesting stories later on in our lives. This strange time has made me more thankful for my family and friends, for outside and most of all thankful for my religion and culture.

My biggest prayer is for us to be free’d from the clasps of Covid19 and that we can come out of this sooner rather than later. Praying for the scientists, doctors nurses and all essential workers who are helping to fight this disease in many ways.

Eid Mubarak to all my followers, those who still read my blog and those who support me on social media! I am so thankful to all of you.

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