In times of rising intolerance over cow-related issues, a Muslim family in Meerut’s Sikander Gate colony decided to celebrate the first birthday of their cow, Julie, the Times of India reported.
Mohd Irshaad, 29, who owns the cow, ordered a 10kg specially-designed eggless vanilla cake with miniature cow candies on its top for her. He even invited over 100 people for the birthday bash.
Julie was made to wear a birthday cap and guests were served pakodas, fruits and sweets. What’s more? The guests even brought gifts for the cow.
“Fruits are its favourite, so my friends got watermelon, bananas and pomegranates gift-wrapped for the occasion,” said Irshaad, who works for a Noida-based chemical waste management firm.
“Julie and her mother Bholi are just like family members to us. We take care of them like we take care of other kids in the family. So, when time came for Julie’s first birthday, we had to make it big.”
The family spent nearly Rs.40,000 for the party. The tradition to celebrate birthday parties and naamkaran ceremonies started in 2008 after Irshaad’s father, Haji Abdul Gani, insisted on it due to his love for cows.
The family has had cows for over 40 years.