The practice of wishing Eid through Eid cards has turned into a lost art, because now most people wish each other on this day over social media that is, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc., because it doesn't cost much. Many others wish each other through text messages or instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Viber, etc.

Modern Eid wishers are saving their time by skipping the laborious task of purchasing the Eid card, and investing the saved time in shopping for clothes, jewelry, etc.

Given this practice, card shops and Eid stalls, too, have abandoned the Eid card. There are also no lines at Post Office of people who want to send cards or even gifts to their friends or loved ones. Despite this, people who have been untouched by the era of the internet, still wish each other through Eid cards .

When a friend of mine was asked a question regarding Eid cards , he responded that sending Eid cards is the best way to wish friends and loved ones because the Eid card is not just the card, itself, but also the handwritten poetry that the sender composes especially for the particular person at its receiving end. Therefore, wishing through the Eid card is much more personal than wishing through modern, electronic means. 

To another question, my friend responded that it seems that most people are wishing Eid through different other sources including social media channels by using internet as well SMS, mobile calls etc. - which is a good and easy medium - yet, there are still many people who do not use internet. In order to wish them, the Eid card must be employed. 

Wishing through the Eid card is the best method to wish someone a happy Eid, because in this method, the person who receives the card (or gift) will be waiting for their gift or Eid card - which is a feeling that cannot be replicated by wishing through electronic means. If we convert the content written on the Eid card, it is worth many text messages; especially precious was the Urdu poetry that most school children wrote on the cards they sent to their friends (Dabbe mein dabba, dabbe mein cake; mera dost lakhoon mein eik). Receiving the Eid card - and sending it - was one of the most joyful moments in life. There used to be many stalls around the corners of all the streets in the city and the main bazaars, and it used to be a lot of fun selecting the best card for our loved ones or friends. And after purchasing those cards from the market, the names of the friends or loved ones was written on them with beautiful handwriting, coupled with decoration with different marker pens. Then, the cards were posted. When they were received by the intended recipient, to see the smile and happiness on their faces brought everlasting joy to the person who had sent it. And the receiver, too, would save the card forever. All of these joys are now lost, perhaps forever. 

The age of the internet has increased the distance between people. But those beautiful days and memories will always remain in our minds and hearts, forever.