people Muslim in the world celebrating Eid Al-Fitr 1443 Hijri on Monday (2/5). Some countries celebrate with joy, in other countries Eid 2022 looks even more miserable.
Eid celebrations are usually marked by Eid prayers, gatherings and banquets with relatives, as well as some new clothes.
However, one of the housewives in Egypt, Mona Abubakr, could not fulfill all these traditions. He could only imagine the smell of orange crackers and sugar-covered cookies. The snack was not served on the table during Lebaran because of soaring food prices.
Mona also only bought a few clothes for her children.
“I told them we have to compromise on some things in order to buy other things,” Mona was quoted as saying Associated Press on Monday (2/5).
The soaring price of goods is one of the factors due to the war in Ukraine. Egypt is a country most affected by this conflict. In the northwestern province of Idlib, an area controlled by Syrian rebel groups, this Ramadan is more difficult than ever.
Abed Yassin and his family must gladly accept the aid package which is only half of the usual amount. The Syrian economy has also been affected by the war.
In other parts of the world, precisely in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, many residents claim that they cannot afford to buy a lot of food.
“The situation is difficult. Employees barely make a living but being unemployed also makes the situation even darker,” said Palestinian resident Um Musab during a visit to the market.
Another resident, Mahmoud al-Madhoun, said the already difficult financial situation has now become even more difficult.
Palestine is one of the countries that depend on imports of wheat from Ukraine. The war made this country even more affected in a situation that was already vulnerable before.
In Afghanistan, the explosion occurred a week before Eid. This makes residents anxious to celebrate the holy day.
” We want to show our resistance , that they can not drive us out . We will move forward , ” said Afghan community leader Bakr Saeed .
Muslim concerns are also rising in India, amid slander from Hindu nationalists who support anti-Muslim attitudes.
Tensions peaked in the month of Ramadan. Hindu and Muslim groups clashed and threw stones at each other. After that, the police then demolished the houses of Muslim residents under the pretext of quelling the clashes.
Meanwhile, in other Asian countries, people rejoice in celebrating Eid al-Fitr. After two years of experiencing Covid-19 restrictions, residents can finally go home and gather with relatives.
The longing to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with the usual tradition has finally been cured today even though the pandemic is not over yet, said Hadiyul Umam, a resident of Jakarta.
Many people in Jakarta flocked to shopping centers, buying clothes, shoes and food despite warnings of the pandemic and soaring food prices. Neighboring Malaysia also reveled after the country’s Covid-19 restrictions were fully opened.
Ramadan bazaars and shopping centers are full of shoppers ahead of Eid. In addition, many Malaysians are traveling back to their hometowns or going home.
“It’s a blessing that we can now celebrate again [Idulfitri],” said the sales manager who works in Kuala Lumpur, Fairuz Mohamed Talib.
This Eid, Fairuz and his family will visit his wife’s hometown after two years apart due to the corona virus restrictions.
There, he continued, they would visit relatives and neighbors after the Eid prayers. Despite the easing, the Fairuz family will still wear masks and avoid shaking hands.
“It’s not about the party but how [kita] can gather,” said Fairuz.