For the second straight year, Hari Raya celebrations have been a bit more subdued than usual (thanks but no thanks, COVID-19). But that hasn’t stopped Singaporeans from getting to the heart of what really matters during the festive season (within current restrictions of course), which is family time.
Like many of us, Singaporean celebrities still found ways to make the most out of Hari Raya. Huge gatherings were out but no one’s stopping anyone from dressing up to the nines – there’s always social media, right? Here were a few we spotted on Instagram.
You’ve got the usual warm greetings (and fancy looks and poses) from Huda Ali, Taufik Batisah and Fauzie Laily.
From struggling to get the right family photo to missing some important family members, here’s a quick look at what Singaporean celebrities were up to.
Meanwhile, for Nurul Aini, it was all about looking on the bright side of things. “Two houses. Okay la, can la. At least we still get to Raya right, guys?” the actress wrote.
Aaron Aziz offered up a very poignant message. “Cherish your parents and grandparents if they’re still around. Because missing your parents is a heavy and bitter sadness,” he wrote.
It was a “kinda shiok” day for Aisyah Aziz. “No stress of expecting a whole ass bus come through our little home!” she wrote, even as she admitted “missing so much joy and laughter from the extended family.”
Probably our favourite Hari Raya post – Fiza O and the whole family struggling to get that perfect group shot. We feel you!
Meanwhile, Wendy Jacobs and Fandi Ahmad posted a lovely family greeting – minus their three overachieving children, footballers Irfan and Ikhsan, and model/musician Iman.
“Missing my three eldest children just like so many others, but we just pray that they are safe and healthy,” Wendy wrote.
The festival of Eid, known in Singapore as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa, falls on the first day of Syawal, the 10th month of the Hijrah (Islamic) calendar. It is a celebratory occasion following a month of fasting, which is known as Ramadan.1The term hari raya is Malay for “big (or grand) day of rejoicing”.
According to the Hijrah calendar, Hari Raya Puasa falls on the first day of the 10th month. The Hijrah is a lunar calendar and therefore the dates on which Hari Raya Puasa falls vary from year to year. Hari Raya Puasa should not be mistaken for the first day of the Islamic New Year