July 6, 2016

Eid Mubarak 2016

Category: Family life

Another day, another year as Muslims all around the world celebrate the start of a brand new month Syawal, with the end of the month-long fast during Ramadhan. Like the previous years, we would always be back in Singapore to celebrate this occasion with family and friends. Not this year.

This year, we are far, far away from my family. The farthest I have ever been on such festive family occasion. It’s also the 2nd time in the 11 years that I have been away with the first being when Squirt was still a newborn back in 2012 and we didn’t make it back home. This year, we just couldn’t make it back for it would cost us way too much to afford a flight back to Asia.

The Muslim community here who have observed Ramadhan fasted for about 18-20 hours from when the sunrise to when the sunset for the entire month. That’s a very long time as compared to in Asia where it would only be about 12-13 hours without food or water. Still, it has been a pretty ordinary day here in the Netherlands.

While I know there’s a small population of Muslims in my neighourhood, I haven’t seen Eid being celebrated as we would have back home.Or perhaps I’m just not as clued in.  

More than anything, I’m missing the aroma of my mom’s home-cooked that would fill the corridor from the doorstep right to the elevator 50 meters away and stuffing my face with her Rendang, Ayam Masak Merah, Roti Jala and her melt-in-your-mouth pineapple tarts. I was thinking of doing my own cook-out with some simple kuehs, but decided that I did not have the energy to do so given the current state of our home.

Syawal is also a month of get-together, to remember the departed and to once again bury the hatchet, undo the wrongdoings yet again and to start on a clean slate once more after a full month of cleansing. In the spirit of festivities, let’s also remember to do our part for the less fortunate and refrain -from all wastefulness and extravagance. Most of all, let’s all exercise kindness for  human-kind and let go of all hatred regardless of race or religion not only today but every single day. 

From us here in the Netherlands, here’s us in spirit wishing everyone a Happy Eid Mubarak or Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri as commonly known in Singapore and wishing you a blessed Syawal.

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  1. Eid Mubarak, Ann! Sorry you couldn’t celebrate it with your family and friends. Maybe next year?

  2. I saw this very late 🙁
    I knew exactly how you must have felt…Ramadan & Eid festivities were both close to my heart though I’m not a Muslim.
    I’m sure you’ll find Amsterdam more relatable ,there would be more Muslim community there.

    • I’m mostly missing the food!! LOL. Where we live, the Muslim community is small and I guess it is all very low key. Did you feel like you missed all the celebration in Kuwait?

      • Not in a sense of celebrations..Its more of there’s so much new things around me that I don’t see anything that reminds me of KW or Ramadan 🙂 The total lack of the things I got used to for the past 8 yrs..though I have seen 1-2 ladies wearing Hijab and totally zero Arab (looks like) here on our side, but maybe there are..and in the corner before the park I used to go is a Döner stall, that’s it.
        I think I’m in different space cuz I’m the only dark-haired here Lol.
        I absolutely wished I had Baklava’s, Uhm Ali,Basbosa, and the Iftar meals with friends..Those I missed because right now I don’t know anyone yet here, only the women I met in the dance class me & my daughter goes into.
        There’s a fantasy & reality of being an Expat.

        • I think it might be a little bit hard-pressed to have iftar’s anymore at where you are at now. ;D
          You nailed it there – fantasy & reality of being an expat! As an expat, we tend to live in our own little bubbles.


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