September 20, 2009


What do you say, I wonder, when somebody who is not 'Eid-ing' says Eid Mubarak to you?

The usual response, when someone says 'Eid Mubarak' to you, is to say 'Eid Mubarak' to you too (or-some-such) because it's applicable. But how do you respond when someone who you cannot give Eid Mubarakbaadi in return to wishes you? For example, my community celebrates Eid today, everybody else is waiting for tomorrow (before the haters strike let me remind you we start fasting before everybody else too), so everyone else is not 'Eid-ing' as it were. And what about my non-Muslim friends, what do I say to my Hindu, Christian, Parsi friends when they wish me Eid Mubarak given that I cannot cheerfully pipe 'Eid Mubarak to you too' without sounding suspisiously like Meera on her birthday responding to 'happy birthday' wishes with a rather-paindu-sounding, 'same-to-you, same-to-you'. And the rather obvious 'thank you' seems all wrong somehow... *sigh* semantics are such a nuisance sometimes! :P

17 comments:

Lonely Perverted Soul said...

I guess u just smile and say nothing.. :P

Anonymous said...

That's a tough one, xeb. You would have thought that God would have been able to fix on one day by now! Must talk to him next time...

Err...just in case I get some of your haters..no, I'm okay. See, anonymity does have some advantages! [though some say my distinctive :) gives me away]

But I don't know. My father went to the mosque one Eid after having his breakfast and was told: "sorry, it's still Ramadan". So, I think the only solution to your problem is to say,as he did, sod it, I'm celebrating anyway ! :)

anon.

Desert Mystery said...

If they be your true friends, it wouldn't really matter to them. Also, I think people make too much a big deal whether Eid be today or tomorrow. I think Almighty deity be happy either way, and a day differential will not cause vengeful wrath.

Deepak Iyer said...

Wait .. I thought Khair Mubarak was how Eid Mubarak was returned coz of your reply !!

But to hell with your dilemma, I want the Meera video now [:D]

Xeb said...

LPS: Saying nothing has never been my forte! :P

Anon: Let me know the next time you talk to God... I have a list! :P But point not who is celebrating when, point being what is the appropriate response to Eid Mubarak?

DM: Refer to above point.

D: *hehe* Khair Mubarak is what I tend to say, I'm not entirely sure it's semantically correct though.

Xeb said...

Ps: What Meera video? The happy-birthday one? I saw that in an interview on television. I'm not sure it ever made it's way to youtube. I also - somewhere-along-the-way - read somewhere of a catfight Meeraji had with a not-quite-famous bollywood actress where Meera called the actress a 'son-of-a-bitch'. (Not to discredit Meeraji, I am sure she was, but since we're talking about semantically correct responses here...)

Ubaid said...

i usually wish them as well... mostly i give them a hug and a big smile :)


P.S what does "my community celebrates Eid today" mean *confused* :s

Xeb said...

I belong to a small community that follows the Egyptian lunar calendar, somewhat like how a lot of other people follow the Saudi calendar etc...

Deepak Iyer said...

Okay .. all results where the search string includes Meera and bitch say that Meera is the bitch [:D]

Anonymous said...

point be, point be xeb,you go first so 'you' don't have to worry about it.

Oh, just did at McDonald's. Said He was terribly sorry about all the confusion and promises to sort things out next time, so we let it pass :)

[And yes, He also said, please don't hog all the maltesers this Eid!]

anon.

poisson said...

Yeah I'm in Canada and people from pk are wishing me and im like eid mubarak to you too? it really is confusing :P

the sheikh said...

i think most *nice* people will just play along.

when i was at college, more non-muslims used to wish me eid mubarak than muslims. true story.

Xeb said...

D: This be tv interviews and newsprint I'm talking about. I have no clue how to hunt for it! If I do come across it, on youtube et al, I shall shoot you an email! :)

Anon: Darling that's precisely why I have to worry about it. I go first and a lot of people not currently Eid-ing or never-ever Eid-ing wish me. You ken?

p: Finally! Someone gets it! :P

ts: I hear you! :) Where were you at college?

Anonymous said...

Yes, of course! Doh! So embarrassing [he says, as he quietly shuffles off stage]. Thank god I'm an anon...:)

You know xeb, I'd like to say that a month of irregular food and sleep has dulled my wits but, alas, I'm generally this slow (sigh, sigh)

Well, now I know, at last, what it feels like to be in the head of that prince of duffers, Nawaz Shariff.

anon.

Xeb said...

:)

the sheikh said...

@xeb - northeast US

DEAthgod said...

wt....? my christian friends r always the first to wish me since they're the only ones who remember that my eid is with da holy fatimid calender xD
Say EID MUBARAK and ram a samosa down their throats =D