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MEERUT (Web Desk) – In times of rising intolerance over cow-related issues, here is a heart-warming story from Hapur.


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A Muslim family in city’s Sikander Gate colony celebrated the first birthday of their cow, Julie, Times of India reported.

A 10kg specially-designed eggless cake was ordered and she was also made to wear a birthday cap as guests who came over to attend her birthday relished on pakodas, fruits and sweets.

“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.

We started planning it well in advance and invited over 100 people to the birthday bash,” said 29-year-old Mohd Irshaad who works for a Noida-based chemical waste management firm.

“We ordered an eggless vanilla cake, which had miniature cow candies on its top.

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The guests also brought gifts for Julie; fruits are its favourite, so my friends got watermelon, bananas and pomegranates gift-wrapped for the occasion,” Irshaad said.

The bash cost the family Rs 40,000.

The family has had cows for over 40 years but their birthday parties and naamkaran ceremonies were started only in 2008 after Irshaad’s father, Haji Abdul Gani, insisted on this due to his love for cows.

Gani passed away on July 29 this year.