This Thursday evening marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadhan and Muslims around the world will be celebrating their victory of fasting for the whole month and more importantly abstinence from things that are forbidden and perform prayers and other goods deeds that had been required of all Muslims and bring them to a humble state.
The Eid or Hari Raya (celebration day) as it is commonly known in Singapore and Malaysia, is not only about visiting relatives and friends and good food although there are abundance of food and cookies to be had and most of the time, Rendang, Ketupat and Sambal Goreng are the favourite choice of food to be served. Not that these dishes, except for Ketupat are not available on any normal day, the tradition of serving these dishes makes Hari Raya more special. Strangely, these dishes are cooked the same way using the same ingredients all the time be it Hari Raya or not.
So why are they special on Hari Raya? Is it because you get to sit with your relatives and catch up while eating or is it the sincerety and effort each household put in to prepare such lavish spread for their guests?
There are more to Hari Raya then just new these delicious food, clothes, shoes and new decor for your home. It's about how it is celebrated that lots of people misunderstood it as about food and for the kids about the money they would get from all the visitings.
First thing in the morning, the Muslims will perform the Hari Raya prayer at the mosque followed by visiting friends and relatives, for one reason...it is also a time for atonement to seek forgiveness from one another in case each has committed a sin against the other knowingly or unknowingly....yes even if it is just a gossip or cause hurt unintentionally by words, thoughts, deeds and actions. This is the day where all will be forgiven and past misdeeds forgotten. This will also be the day where we catch up with our friends and relatives whom, in some cases, we have not seen for the whole year.
Well, at the end of the day, everyone goes home feeling like a new clean slate since all is forgiven and forgotten..and basically that's it..a new beginning. The visiting may go on for the whole month for some people as they may have lots and lots of relatives and friends to visit. For some, technology has taken over and Hari Raya greetings and seeking forgiveness are done over FB or blogs or Instagram and many more Social Media platforms. This is acceptable as long as the one who seeks for foregiveness and the one who forgives are sincere.
With that, the team at Mesmerised Home & Lifestyle would like to wish all our Muslim friends (customers included) and their families Selamat Hari Raya. Mohom Maaf Zahir dan Batin (Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings). And for the non-Muslims, enjoy your long weekend!