i am not that sure if there are any of my relatives who are in Mecca, this year, performing the fifth islamic pillar – The Haj. but i am pretty pretty sure that my closest ones are here at home 🙂
“Hari Raya Haji, or the “pilgrimage festival”, marks the end of a Muslim’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, it commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail in an act of obedience to God. In Singapore, Hari Raya Haji is a public holiday.
Hari Raya Haji (Aidil Adha) falls on 10 Zulhijjah, the 10th day of the 12th month of the Muslim calendar. The Muslim calendar, with the months alternating between 29 and 30 days, is 11 days shorter than the 365-day Gregorian calendar.
On this day, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims worldwide sacrifice sheep, cows or camels for the sake of religion and community. It is done in remembrance of the sacrifice undertaken by Prophet Ibrahim, who was ready to sacrifice his son Ismail, but a ram appeared in his place at the last moment.
(info from: Hari Raya Haji)
as for the sacrificial ceremony, we have been skipping it for the past 3 years. i have NEVER paid for my own sheep and not sure when i’m gonna get one myself or for Fateha. i mean, i already have my own flock of sheep up in heaven waiting for me (paid by mom and dad when i was much much younger). it’s just that to really do it on my own, i have not started. i want to, though. well, *looks into the bank account* i’ll wait for another year or two. as a muslim, i’m not supposed to do something that will put burden on myself and family. so wait it is.
this year’s raya haji, we didn’t get to gather at my grandma’s house like we did for years. since saufi has officially made himself a civil servant, we had to rush back home to get him ready for afternoon shift duty. but we managed to visit both sides of parents though, which i prefer to think is more than enough.
now where is my little Mak Aji?
Fateha, donning her VERY first baju kurung.
Selamat Hari Raya Haji everybody! and to my sheep, see ya up there!