Eid Mubarak: A Walk Down Memory Lane

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Hey there, dear readers! Today, I’m feeling a little nostalgic and want to take you all on a trip down memory lane, as I reminisce about my experiences during Eid Mubarak, also known as Eidulfitri. It’s that special time of the year when Muslims worldwide celebrate the first day of Syawal, right after a month of fasting during Ramadan.

You know what they say: “Time flies and emotions change as we grow older.” Well, that couldn’t be more true when I think about how Eid has evolved for me over the years.

Back in the good ol’ days (I’m talking 1960s-1970s), Eid was a thrilling time for us kids. We’d dress up in our best clothes and visit family and friends. The cherry on top? The “duit Raya” (angpow or money) we’d receive! As kids, those 20 cents or 50 cents felt like a fortune.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and I found myself married with children. Suddenly, Eid became all about watching the excitement in my kids’ eyes as they collected their own “duit Raya.” By then, the amount had increased to about RM 1 or RM 2. It warmed my heart to see them so happy.

Now, I’m a grandparent, and the landscape has shifted yet again. Family gatherings on the first day of Syawal have become a cherished tradition, but getting everyone together can be a bit of a challenge. With in-laws and everyone’s busy schedules, it’s not always easy to find a time that works for all.

And can you believe it? The “duit Raya” these days has shot up to RM 5-RM 10 each! Time does fly.

So, that’s my little trip down memory lane for you all. How about you? How do you celebrate Raya? I’d love to hear your stories and experiences. Let’s cherish our memories and share the joy this festive season brings.

Until next time, Selamat Hari Raya, and happy celebrations!

Author: Mazlan Abbas

IOT Evangelist

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