The 21st Century Aidilfitri Experience

19 December 2001 04:42

It's past midnight. We made it back to Kajang a couple of hours ago after pushing off from JB at 9:00am. It took that long 'cos we stopped several places at our relatives' places in Batu Pahat and Muar along the way. It's certainly nice being able to meet and catch up with them.

Since I'm still not in the shape to walk properly, let alone drive, hroughout the journey, I was pondering upon how different our family celebrates Aidilfitri then and now. I feel that Aidilfitri celebrations has gotten too simplified. I mean, conviniences aside, it has made the whole Aidilfitri experience and atmosphere a bit too "synthetic" in my opinion. These days, it just feels like another public holiday with the exception of the abundance of food available. I dunno. Perhaps it's because that I'm now all grown up no longer a kid hence the different experience altogether. Perhaps I'm being nostalgic and hanging on to the past but it sure felt more "authentic" and special back then.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to celebrate and enjoy it as much as I can despite my condition since I'm gonna have to go back to work this Wednesday. Raya's real short for me this year.

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