This has been a Ramadan they will not forget. Instead of meeting their children, retired sports editor Saparin Rasikin, 70, and his wife Rahima Daiman, 67, a housewife, have been videochatting with their daughter and two sons at least once a week, after breaking fast each day.
The couple live with their other daughter Nur Amalina Saparin, 27, a lawyer, and her husband Muhammad Faris Abdul Malik, 30, in a five-room Housing Board flat in Hougang, but have not met their other children and grandchildren during the circuit breaker as they are in different households.
But the family members have come up with their own way of bonding, and have cooked or ordered the same meals for their "online" dinners.
Today, they will also break their tradition of going to the mosque for prayers. Instead, they will tune in to livestreamed sermons.
President Halimah Yacob said families can still make this Aidilfitri a meaningful one by keeping in touch while staying safe. This is so everyone can look forward to better celebrations ahead, she said.
• Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wishes all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
• The Straits Times wishes all Muslim readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.