To start the day off — three types of sweets from the neighbor. She arrived with the plate before 9 am. The day starts early! All the men were already gathering for Eid prayers wearing their fancy starched punjabis and prayer caps, and carrying their prayer mats. As for us, we stayed home and ate sweets again at another neighbor’s house at mid-morning .. and then had meat and pulao (and fish, chicken, mutton and vegetables) for a late lunch. Dinner was more of the same, with another neighbor. We all ate in shifts, and I was glad for the crowd so the hostess did not pay attention to how I wasn’t taking a second portion!

A neighbor also gave us henna the night before Eid. My daughter didn’t have the patience to let the henna dry properly, so her palms did not get very red.