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Panic on social media as Raya date catches many off guard

PETALING JAYA: Mild panic ensued on social media this evening as many reported being caught off guard by the announcement that Hari Raya Aidilfitri is tomorrow.

Many people said they were not prepared. Defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein was among those who took note of the confusion.

In a semi-humorous Hari Raya greeting on Twitter, he said: “Confirmed! Tomorrow we celebrate Aidilfitri. But maybe some are still on their way back to the village. Probably many have not started baking lemang, cooking ketupat and rendang. Let’s all be ‘busy’ in the kitchen tonight”, ending the note with a smiling emoji.

Facebook user Muhammad Faiz Hashim jokingly said: “Rendang tak buat lagi, besok raya makan nasi goreng” (rendang has yet to be prepared, so it’s fried rice tomorrow).

Another user, Cg Nuhairi Abd Rahman shared the same sentiment, saying that she had not prepared her ketupat while user Mohamad Safrie said he has yet to make his lemang.

Another user, Fendy Ja’apar, said this year’s Hari Raya was more stressful than in the past two years.

The people came under stress then, as Hari Raya could not be celebrated meaningfully because of Covid-19 restrictions. “This year’s Hari Raya (announcement) has made us more stressed,” he added.

Twitter, user@notsoaidil said he is “absolutely panicking” after the Hari Raya announcement, saying he has to help out his family with preparing rendang, do the household chores and fill in the kuih all in the same night.

SINGAPORE: Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be celebrated on Tuesday (May 3) in Singapore, while Brunei and Indonesia will celebrate it on Monday as with Malaysia.

The mufti of Singapore, in an announcement today said the date was set as calculations revealed that the crescent moon of Syawal is unlikely to be seen at sunset today.

Hari Raya will be celebrated tomorrow in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, while Singapore will celebrate it on Tuesday. (Bernama pic)

In Jakarta, the Indonesian Muhammadiyah Centre has set Hari Raya Aidilfitri to fall on Monday, May 2, as the crescent moon had been sighted today.

The government of Brunei Darussalam said Hari Raya would be celebrated tomorrow as the hilal or new moon was sighted at one or more vantage points this evening.

Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr begins at sunset on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon. If the moon is not observed immediately after the 29th day of the previous lunar month (either because clouds block its view or because the western sky is still too bright when the moon sets), then the holiday is celebrated the following day.

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Published: 1st May 2022.


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