It Was Different Two Years Ago

Before I start, I’m sorry if some of you guys expect my last post will be in English, next time I will put a tag to inform you guys if my post will be in English or Indonesian language.

Also before I start, I want to send my condolence to those who are no longer with us this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today is Eid Al-Fitr and we need to feel blessed, feel happy, to feel at peace.

Okay, I just want to talk about how simple Eid Al-Fitr was two years ago. In 2020 when the pandemic happens, we can’t have an Eid prayer like usual, in the field with hundreds of people, because of social distancing most of us just pray in our own homes. For me, 2020 is the simplest Eid celebration ever.

Usually, when there’s no COVID-19 after we did our Eid prayer with hundreds of people, we go home at 8 A.M, and we visit and say hi and apologize to our neighborhood, sometimes we will spend 30 – 60 minutes just visiting all of our neighbors. Not just that, when we go back home sometimes our old friends, our brothers & sisters, and other family members will come to visit our home because we haven’t seen each other for a long time, for one visit or one session can take up to 1 hour or more and we usually get 4-5 guests.

That means from 8 A.M to 1 P.M we have to deal with a bunch of people that we don’t even know, or rarely interact with.

I just want to get this over and go to sleep.

But in 2020, we had a lockdown, we had physical distancing, so after Eid prayer at our home, we just chill and relax, and interact with people via phone call, or video call.

I feel Eid in 2020 is very simple and I like that. Now in 2022, we are back to our usual routine that was very different from two years ago.

By the way, Eid Al-Fitr Mubarak everyone!

Photo by: Rudy P Agnel

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