Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Eid Ul Fitr 2012

After one month of dawn-to-sunset Fasting during the entire month of Ramadhan, on Sunday, 19 August 2012, Moslems in Indonesia celebrated the Eid Ul Fitr.

According to Wikipedia, Eid is an Arabic word meaning "Festivity", while Fitr means "Breaking the Fast".

In Indonesia, Eid Ul Fitr is known as Hari Raya Idul Fitri or Lebaran and celebrated for two to three days. Many people of Indonesian big cities return to their hometown to celebrate the festive. For which purpose, most employers provide special bonus and long holidays to their workers. Some employers even provide free transportation v.v for their workers.

This year, many workers spend holidays from 17 August (our Independence Day) to 26 August.

Before the festive, we Moslems voluntarily paid financial contribution known as the Zakat i.e. an Arabic word that means "that which purifies" or "alms". The amount of Zakat depends on the financial capability of the Moslem concerned.

The Eid festive began with Moslems performing Eid Prayer and listened to Sermon in mosques from 7 am until around 8 am. Afterwards, we shook hands with each other, apologize and forgive each other.

After that we went to visit our parents and other elderly people like uncles, aunts, employers, etc.

Considering that many citizens of Jakarta went home to their hometown, citizens who stay in the city, including me, enjoyed traffic-jam-free streets.

In this connection, I would like to wish my fellow Moslems a Happy Hari Raya Idul Fitri, and apologize for any mistake that I may have made. God Bless Us All.


Wisata Murah said...

Sama sama pak. andai ada kilaf, ane mohon dengan sangat kiranya sudi memaafkannya/
Selaanmat hari raya iedul fitri 1433 H.. salam

Linda said...

Sounds like a great tradition, fostering forgiveness and visiting relatives.

colson said...

Assuming that asking forgiveness usually will be followed up by forgiving and forgetting, especially this part is most appealing to me.

It is great and extremely ambitious, taking the human condition into account.

Harry Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah,
Semoga Lebaran tahun ini membawa berkah bagi kita semua.

Yes, that's the true essence of Eid Ul Fitri.

Your assumption is correct, Eid festive is a tradition to foster forgiveness followed by forgiving.

kelly said...

nice tradition...awesome

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