Eid Mubarak !
Like every year there was no mention of Eid in the mainstream media - Newspapers, websites or TV. If not a holiday, atleast mentioning Eid on the media wouldn't do any harm I guess as far as 'integration' is concerned. Would Jack Straw or Tony Blair bother to come on TV and say Eid Mubarak to all the Muslims in Britain. That would have really helped rather than talking about Muslims and Islam all the time. The same goes for Indian media. After Diwali comes Christmas. Eid is omitted. Bravo !!
Thank Allah that Nazrul Islam wrote a song about Eid-Ul-Fitr once and that song kept Bangladesh alive all these years. It's strange that no song writer, in Bangladesh's history, never bothered to write a memorable Eid song. Even a secular country like Britain produces dozens of new Christmas songs every year. I guess the intellectuals in our country have become super seculars. OK let them be secular then while I remain a Muslim and listen shatinath's version of Nazrul Song - 'Romjaner oi Rojar Sheshe...."
Finally a nice Eid Mubarak song found on You Tube ...Enjoy !
[UPDATE] Indian channel B4U dedicated a whole program for Eid ! Walla !! That's the way bro !
BBC website has a picture story on Eid-Al-Fitr in different countries around the world.
The Pakistani-Bangladeshi singer Alamgir, after winning the life time achievement award in the MOTOROLA music award in Pakistan, sang his version of "Amai Bhashai li re ...." - a famous Bangla folk song infront of a packed Pakistani audience. That was really heart-touching and although the show was two months old, the song made us really proud on Eid day !
"Though first, it was now time to honor a lifetime of classic contributions to the field of music- the recipient of TMA's Lifetime Achievement Award was a man who infused new blood in the music of mid-70s. At a time when people thought that after Ahmed Rushdie, Akhlaque Ahmed, Runa Laila and the likes they will breathe in a world without music - Alamgir dawned a new hope at just that point in time. Alamgir's teary-eyed speech was one of the night's more touching moments. After the standing ovation the TMA band came on stage again and for the first time in 15 years, Alamgir was set to belt out a few of his classic songs with four of the most rocking musicians on the scene today." - Insiya Syed