we celebrated Eid ul Fitr, or in malay- Hari Raya Aidilfitri, on Sunday. Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks the end of the Ramadhan, which is a month long fast when Muslims abstain from food and water, and focus on the spiritual.
Just 2 days before Eid, my big boss asked me, 'Have you done all your hari raya shopping?' and i retorted with a ,'No la, where got time?'. He then dutifully reminded me, 'Oi, this is the first raya as husband and wife you know, must be special lah!'
Aiyor- i not so sentimental lah. Big Deal, i thought.
But come Eid proper, i was pretty happy and was feeling all blessed that i was with loved ones and that hubby was with me the entire day. I especially looked forward to that part of the morning when the family gathers and we ask for forgiveness from each other. It's a tradition which i grew practising and hope to continue when i start my own family.
This was hubby's first time partaking in this tradition. He spent a good few days thinking about what he'd say to my parents and we even had a test run. *grin* I did come to appreciate the fact that saying sorry does not come naturally, and does take some practice.
I'm glad that we do set aside some time, even if its once a year, to remind ourselves that noone is perfect, and that loving each other in a family means recognising your shortcomings and making apology for them, and KNOWING that no matter what, your apology would be welcomed with appreciation, forgiveness and a generous hug.
My favourite photo from this raya and the memory i will take from the lovely morning i spent with my family is this warm and loving embrace.
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