Public grateful for chance to celebrate religious event amid pandemic

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Muslims across the globe celebrated Hari Raya Aidiladha differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many opting to connect with family members virtually.

However, in Brunei, celebrants were able to partake in small gatherings following the easing of measures by the government.

Madianawaty binti Haji Marzuki, 41, told the Sunday Bulletin she was happy to be able to celebrate the religious occasion with her family in a small get-together at her father’s home in Perpindahan Kampong Lambak Kanan.

“Despite the ongoing battle against the coronavirus around the world, we Bruneians are able to spend Hari Raya Aidiladha with family members,” she said. “Sure it’s a small gathering but at least Brunei is moving towards the resumption of normalcy. Alhamdulillah.”

Similarly, Haji Hamdan bin Matnor was grateful for the opportunity to perform the Korban ritual with his family this year.

“Alhamdulillah for everything,” he said. “We pray to Allah the Almighty frequently to always protect our country, the people and our beloved monarch.”