Oh blog how I have neglected you since last week…my sincerest apologies, but at least others were on top of their posting since I had a brief “blogcation” to celebrate the holidays…
After what seemed like a long-lost memory spending 2 years in and out of restrictions, this Eid al-Fitr, we can finally celebrate again. We’re so thankful to be able to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with our family this year. The combination of getting older and also having time stolen from the pandemic means that I’m cherishing experiencing holidays with loved ones even more than I did before.
Today I want to rewind a bit and share a few pictures from our last weekend. I am so behind with off-loading pictures from my phone onto this blog, but I’m going to do my best to play catch up because we’ve had some sweet happenings lately that I’d love to share here.
Growing up, I remember the flurry of activity and excitement that would follow the declaration of the sighting of the moon. My brother and I would pull out new clothes and set about ironing them for the family. My mum would be in the kitchen preparing favourite food items for the next day. New outfit, new underwear, and anything else festive would be laid out in preparation.
Following the prayer we gather and meet other friends and families, enjoy the food stalls and rujak. Then we head off to the graveyard, to pay our respects and offer a prayer to the recently deceased, followed by visiting loads of people and eating lots of lovely delicious food. As children we would also look forward to ‘Salam Tempel’ – money handed out by the elders.
Here is the best I can do to recap my blessed Eid al-Fitr celebration… Like other religious holidays, Eid al-Fitr or Lebaran should be a day to celebrate love. I guess, this is what Hari Raya/ Eid Festive is all about. To gather your extended families. A simple reminder, how important silaturahmi is.
I’ve always loved the holidays back at home. Needless to say, I didn’t focus on my diet too much during the holidays. I prefer Eid al-Fitr to my birthday, or to any other holiday. It’s all the typical stuff that makes it so special; family, friends, the ambiance, and the food.
Eid al-Fitr has always been truly magical for me. I believe it isn’t just a time of year; it’s a state of being. Regardless of your spiritual upbringing, it’s a season for togetherness, joy, peace, and goodwill. It’s a time to treasure those you love, in a profoundly meaningful way … especially your children. There’s no other season that incites wonder quite like Eid al-Fitr, and seeing it through the eyes of my daughter was nothing short of miraculous. We have begun the holiday memories she will think back on fondly one day.
Even in adulthood, I find the Eid al-Fitr magic hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s still in my heart, though its style has morphed a bit. Now I get to celebrate with my own little family, embracing long-held traditions while creating new ones with my husband and daughter.
Taqabbalallahu Minna Wa Minkum
Eid al-Fitr 1443 H