Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Comment - Jaya Ku­mar (In­ner Voice com­prises con­tri­bu­tions from our read­ers.) The views ex­pressed are per­sonal in­ner­voice@hin­dus­tan­times.com

There’s some­thing about fes­tiv­i­ties. The feel­ing of one­ness and af­fec­tion that spreads rapidly in the air is hard to es­cape. Here’s re­call­ing some lovely Eid mem­o­ries. Hav­ing com­pleted my higher stud­ies from a Mus­lim uni­ver­sity, it was a won­der­ful first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence to cher­ish the beau­ti­ful cul­ture of cel­e­brat­ing the pi­ous fes­ti­val. Many years have passed by since then, but I still feel the joy and en­joy the fes­tiv­ity as­so­ci­ated with it.

Eid is the time of thanks­giv­ing to the Almighty to bless all hu­man be­ings; the time to cher­ish the one­ness and to­geth­er­ness of our warmth and af­fec­tion. The pi­ous­ness of the fes­ti­val has a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance. Ev­ery­one comes to­gether with more pos­i­tiv­ity, leav­ing be­hind the wor­ries of their every­day life. It is the time to share with all those around you, with ut­most re­spect and trust in hu­man­ity. Eid is the time to value ev­ery­thing we have been blessed with.

The teach­ings as­so­ci­ated with ev­ery holy fes­ti­val bring to us one big les­son of life. That is to ‘be hu­man’ first, and to walk to­wards and on the path of per­sonal en­rich­ment of thoughts and ac­tions through prayers for a bet­ter life for ev­ery­one. Let us en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions of Eid with the close­ness of our fam­ily and friends. Let us re­mem­ber the beauty of our cul­tural di­ver­sity and the pu­rity of to­geth­er­ness as one.

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