FOR almost all Muslim families, the spirit of Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be missing this year.
For many, Hari Raya is not about buying new clothes, cakes, gorging on ketupat and rendang, getting packets of duit raya or decorating their houses with lights. For them, the annual celebration is about reconnecting with parents, grandparents and siblings and seeking their forgiveness.
All of that will be impossible this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To stem the spread of the virus, the authorities have been compelled bar families from making their annual balik kampung journeys.
The customary visits to the graves of loved ones are also prohibited. – May 24, 2020.