Time for bonding and forgiving

Mr Ismail Awang, 64, embracing daughter-in-law Nur Dayan Danel, 30, as his children and their families asked him and his wife for their forgiveness for any wrongdoing committed in the past year.
Mr Ismail Awang, 64, embracing daughter-in-law Nur Dayan Danel, 30, as his children and their families asked him and his wife for their forgiveness for any wrongdoing committed in the past year.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Muslims around Singapore celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri yesterday, signifying the end of Ramadan. In the morning, worshippers flocked to mosques, multi-purpose halls, void decks and open fields to take part in Aidilfitri prayers to mark the end of the dawn-to-dusk, month-long fasting period.

In their traditional costumes of baju melayu for menand baju kurung forwomen- often colour-coordinated as a family - Malay Muslims paid visits to friends and relatives. For many, the first stop was their parents' home, where children asked for the forgiveness of their elders for any wrongdoing committed in the past year.

Hari Raya Puasa is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar and amid the feasting and warm greetings of ''Selamat Hari Raya'', it is a time for strengthening bonds between loved ones.

Radiographer Zakiah Sidek, 25, said: ''We are often busy with our daily work and lives. Hari Raya is a valuable time for us to get together as a family.''

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2015, with the headline 'Time for bonding and forgiving'. Print Edition | Subscribe