It will be a festive weekend for the Muslims in Singapore as they celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri this Friday.
Being a multi-racial society, Singaporeans are fortunate to be able to enjoy each other’s unique culture and its celebrations.
It is common to see Muslim families inviting their non-Muslim friends, colleagues and neighbours into their homes to join them in the festivities and enjoy the wide spread of home cooked Hari Raya food.
As an example to highlight this unique relationship among Singaporeans, many tried their hands stomach at fasting for a day during Ramadan. i.e no food and drink from dawn till dusk.
Minister Khaw and 50 others in his constituency fasted for a whole day and shared his experience.
“Last night, I didn’t sleep well, so I got up at 3.30am… I ate my breakfast and I have not eaten since 3.30, but boleh (can),” he said.
(Source: The Straits Times)
On social media, groups take it as a challenge and document their efforts in fasting for a day in a bid to understand their Muslim friends a little better.
It was a heartening sight. To see the other races joining the Muslims in their fast and experience not only Hari Raya but also Ramadan together.
Singaporeans are indeed charming.
They are willing to go out of their way to understand and appreciate each other’s culture even if it means trying something new.
You have tried fasting,
You have tried breaking fast with your Muslim friends,
You have even walked the colourful bazaars along Geylang Serai and bought yourself a baju kurung (traditional malay dress)
As Hari Raya approaches and the delicious smell of cookies waff from your Muslim neighbour’s homes, maybe you should try just one last thing –
Try playing the Hari Raya Song on Friday morning and watch what happens.
These guys did it in the MRT and it was magical.