The title can be translated to “Eid Mubarak” or “Happy Eid Al Fitr'”
And that’s what I want to say to all my friends and reader who celebrates this moment. Enjoy the celebration 🙂
Etymologically, Eid Al Fitr means the celebration of going back to purity (CMIIW!). One month of fasting is practically the month of detoxifying your body and soul. Not only avoid food and drink, in the month of Ramadan, the Muslim would avoid all the earthly temptation such as: smoking (?), going to pub at night (although it’s already past Magrib), sex (and porn, of course. doh!), anger (cursing, fighting, and other emotionally damaging activity). Basically that is so fucking hard, and I know I would not last a day.
So, congratulations my brothers and sisters… 🙂
For some people this is only something that they do because they have to do it. For other, this is the life changing moment, their eye opener, and the turning point of their life. For some this is the celebration of victory, for other this might only be the celebration of festivity. Some people will continue the lifestyle they have built during the month of Ramadan, such as: stop smoking, stop consuming alcohol (alcohol is haram, isn’t it?), stop watching porn, and reduce swearing (I have never seen anybody who stopped swearing at all…). Some others saw this as an opportunity to come release what they’ve been holding back for a month of agony.
But hey… It’s everybody’s freewill, isn’t it?
However, I don’t want to talk about what you should and what you should not do, as I am not a Muslim myself, and my knowledge and understanding about (any) religion is very limited. I just want to congratulate, and celebrate with everybody. And talk about celebration instead of contemplation (because we contemplated enough on the Independence day, remember?).
I saw some status updates on my facebook page, some of my friends who celebrated Eid Al Fitr away from home. They told us how the celebration at home was so festive, that they can feel in their finger when they type “Fuck you guys” to their family members who were boasting about how tasty the food they have for the party. Oh hey… why is that so familiar?
Oh yes true.
I think the celebration of Eid Al Fitr for Muslim is not so much different from the Spring Festival for the Chinese. Spring festival, or in Indonesia is known as Imlek is a moment where the family members gathered in one open house party, and get to know each other better. Meet up with aunts and uncles who would annoyingly ask you, “hey when are you going to get married?”; and you could not really reply with a snappy retort such as, “hey when are you going to die?” or a simple and efficient answer like, “fuck you”. No. That is against the law of festivity. You should be merry and happy, and smile and laugh, and eat like Goku.
The difference is, I guess, in the pork menu, and the alcoholic beverages. Of course.
But yeah… last Spring festival I had to celebrate it by myself. Not quite a celebration though, nothing happened anyway. Just some messages from my family telling me how tasty my grandmother’s cooking (as if I did not know that >: o) grrr. And sent me pictures of the food. It was a torture. I almost eat my own mobile phone because of the picture, but I did not because it means I could not send them a “screw yourself” message to them. Which I did not sent to, because again it’s against the law of festivity.
And therefore I know how my friends feels to celebrate what they used to have as a family celebration as a lonely pity party away from home. I completely understand how it feels to know what you missed back home and all you have is a bunch of facebook feed showing the pictures of people you know back home with their new clothes eating your favourite food and boast about it like fuck. Or well, sometimes it’s just the nostalgic feelings that infiltrate your brain with the homesickness, a disease which can only be cured with hometown traditional food or kretek cigarettes (?).
But this is not the time to feel low, isn’t it? You have just passed a month without porn, cigarettes and alcohol. How awesome was that?!?! You should be proud of your self and be happy. If it makes you feel better, my mum just sent me a message, with photo illustration about my family (without me) holiday in Bali right now. So cheer up, Buddies! Those frowning faces are definitely against the law of festivity. That’s a super sin.
Anyway, sorry for the long post. This is the day you HAVE TO forgive everybody, isn’t it? 😀