Eid is a time for celebration and reflection.
It is a time when we take stock of all the lessons we have learned over the holy month of Ramadan, as we mark its passing with our family and friends.
As citizens of a nation rapidly approaching economic prosperity, Eid-ul-Fitr brings us some much-needed respite from our busy lives.
And a break from our daily struggle to provide a good life for our loved ones is the best way to recall the less fortunate in our country -- people for whom even fulfilling the basic needs of daily sustenance is an uphill battle.
In addition to being a month of abstinence, the holy month also reminds us of the importance of charity. With our industries booming and quality of life slowly becoming better and better, we should wholeheartedly accept the spirit of generosity, not limited to the day of Eid.
But charity does not exist in a vacuum.
Tied inextricably to another pillar of Ramadan, the spirit of community, we need to start considering our nation as an entire community in and of itself.
Each of the over 170 lives which were extinguished by the recent tragic landslides in the CHT were fellow citizens, individual parts which make up the greater community that is Bangladesh.
In keeping with Eid-ul-Fitr’s spirit of community, let us remember the deceased, and those they have left behind, in our prayers.
With the first half of 2017 almost over, this Eid brings us a very special opportunity to measure all the ways we have grown as a nation, as a people, as we all enjoy a safe and fulfilling holiday.
A heartfelt Eid Mubarak to all our readers.