Shama Sikander has always celebrated Eid-ul-Zuha with her family, and this year is no different, except that she will be spending it with her in-laws in Atlanta. The actor shares that she plans to give husband James’ family an unforgettable experience this Eid.
“I am in Atlanta, so we will be celebrating it with my in-laws and James’ cousins. We will try and make some nice food at home though I’m not sure how good of a cook I am. I’ll make Biryani for everyone and it’ll be nice to show my in-laws and extended family Eid celebrations are like back home,” says Sikander, who got married to American businessman James Milliron last year in March.
The actor, who always makes head turn with her festive pictures on social media, setting major Eid-dressup goals, shares that she was unable to shop for the occasion this year, as the Atlanta trip was planned impromptu.
“Usually when we are in India, we get something nice and traditional for both me and James. But because we did not plan our trip ahead in time, we could not shop much. Nevertheless, I’m happy as it’s going to be a different experience celebrating the festival with my husband’s family. I’m excited to share what Eid means to us with them,” she beams.
Talking about the significance the festival and memories attached with it, the 41-year-old tells us that Eid holds a deeper meaning beyond just the festivities.
“Eid-ul-Zuha has been more about philanthropy and giving back to the community than all the fun and frolic. A lot of charity is done and food is distributed to the poor. As a child, I remember spending a large part of the day going to as many people and giving them food,” she recounts.
On how Eid celebration looked like at home in all these years, Sikander shares, “The day would start with prayers followed by cooking a lot of good food along with my mum. The first half of the day would be spent welcoming guests and serving them, and by afternoon, we’d feel exhausted and take a nap. In the evening, we’d resume all the activities. I fondly remember visiting my relatives’ homes and receiving numerous gifts and eidi. I always cherish those days.”