Families enjoy Hari Raya in Singapore

Madam Suryani (standing) and her family spanning four generations having a merry time at the flat of her grandparents - Mr Yasin Karim, 90, and Madam Siti Jibah, 84 (both seated) - yesterday.
Madam Suryani (standing) and her family spanning four generations having a merry time at the flat of her grandparents - Mr Yasin Karim, 90, and Madam Siti Jibah, 84 (both seated) - yesterday.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

It is a crowded and somewhat noisy affair which has been their annual family tradition for about two decades.

It was no different last night as Madam Suryani Khamis, 41, and her family spanning four generations got together to mark the end of the fasting month and the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Around 30 members of her family gathered at her grandparents' three-room flat in Yishun Street 71.

After reciting prayers, they caught up with one another over a potluck meal.

"This is a time for us to get together as a family and it means a lot to us," said Madam Suryani, a part- time account and administrative assistant. "But most times, we have to raise our voices to be heard."

  • * Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wishes all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

    * The Straits Times wishes all Muslim readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The patriarch is 90-year-old Yasin Karim, who lives with his 84-year-old wife, Madam Siti Jibah. They have seven children.

Mr Yasin said it was heartwarming to have his family with him.

In his Hari Raya message yesterday, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim wished the community Selamat Hari Raya, and urged them to continue striving towards "a society full of compassion and hope".

He added that the community plays an important role in building a Singapore society that is cohesive, caring and vibrant, and that it is "our responsibility to continue writing this story - to build an even better and more endearing home for future generations to come".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2016, with the headline 'Families enjoy Hari Raya in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe