This year’s Hari Raya will be a different one—the beauty of Hari Raya, like most new years, is to celebrate within the proximity of our loved ones. The visiting, delicious food, green packets, and the community aspect of it all fundamentally drives the excitement behind this celebration.
But given the state of the world, this pandemic and circuit breaker measures, it seems that this years’ Hari Raya Aidilfitri will have to be a virtual one. On 15 May 2020, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) announced that Hari Raya visits and gatherings are not allowed this year.
To show how Muslims would be celebrating Raya this year, Muslim SG recently uploaded a touching video titled Jauh Di Mata, Dekat Di Hati, featuring a Muslim family of three living in the same household.
At the beginning of this video, we have a Muslim mother, who is hard at work, going through the Raya preparations. Her children appear cold and disinterested initially, but to their mother’s surprise, her children have in fact been making Raya preparations of their own as well—sharing recipes and coordinating Raya outfits with their extended family. At the end of the video, we have a touching scene with mother and son seeking forgiveness and understanding towards each other.
To not be able to celebrate such a joyous occasion is extremely unfair and sad. While most of us can understand why we’re not allowed to celebrate like normal this year, perhaps our grandparents might not. An easy way to explain to them why Raya cannot happen as usual this year is to show them this video. Visuals are always a lot easier to digest when words do not suffice.
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