Aidilfitri celebrations go online

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Hari Raya Aidilfitri – the most anticipated month in the Islamic calendar – is a special time for many to reconnect with their relatives and friends, as well as to seek and grant forgiveness.

Families and friends would meet and exchange greeting. But this year it is different.

Many Muslims across the nation celebrated online via platforms such as WhatsApp
and Zoom.

Siti Nor Suhaila binti Liman from RPN Kampong Meragang said their decision to conduct video conference via Zoom was to adhere to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines, to practise physical and social distancing to ensure the safety and health of family members especially the elderly and young children.

“There is a difference with our Raya celebration this year. The atmosphere is usually festive. But this year, it feels like a regular day,” she said.

Noorul Asyikin binti Hasnan from Kampong Mentiri said some family members are high risks.

“It’s not that we don’t want to meet them.

“We are glad that our close and extended family members understand the situation. I am grateful for social media as it is very useful at times like these,” she said.

Family members celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri online. PHOTOS: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI