And so it came to pass that Hari Raya Aidilfitri was held during the Covid-19 pandemic. We were forbidden to cross state lines, nor be in a gathering of souls that numbered more than a prescribed number. Thus we stayed at home during the first day of Eid.
Ain made nasi dagang which was delicious. We packed some in takeaway packs and sent them to a number of neighbours later.
But before that we held our first home bound Eid prayers. Shortly after, we had a Google Meet call with Atok and Opah and Sila’s family. Even Anya showed up for a while.
During the day, I played Star Wars: A New Hope on TV, though I did not really pay attention to it. Later than night, as a family movie we watched Alien. That’s two Charles Lippincott movies in a day!
As the sun dipped lower on the second day we went for a drive to Kuala Perlis. There were quite a lot of people hanging out by the beach taking photos, with cars parked blocking part of the road. We did not join them.
I worry about the Hari Raya crowd, which could spark a new spike in Covid-19 spread among Malaysians. Here’s hoping that more people celebrated the holidays sensibly.