KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 -- Without doubt, this year’s Aidilfitri celebrations will be very different from those in previous years, with new normal practices arising from the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) throughout the country.
One of these practices is social distancing and the limit on the number of close relatives one can have as guests in the house during the celebrations.
There will also be no open house events, with many people resorting to creative ways of informing anyone stubborn enough to turn up at the doorstep that sorry, but they should stay away.
Postings abound on the social media of ways people have come up with ways to announce that they are not accepting guests this year.
Tarmiji Jam-Jam, 67, who lives in Taiping, Perak, is set on spending a quiet Hari Raya with his wife while his house is closed to guests and relatives.
Last Wednesday, he went to the nearby cyber cafe and printed a notice which he will display at his house.
It reads “COVID-19 Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Sorry, this house is not accepting guests today. Thank you.”
When contacted, he told Bernama that he was doing it to protect his wife, Siti Maimunah Kadiron, 71 who has had high blood pressure since 2010.
"I have to protect my wife. If children come, I will only give them some ‘duit raya’ from within my house compounds,” he said, adding that he was aware that senior citizens were more prone to COVID-19 infection.
When Bernama contacted his daughter, Eirma Rohayu Tarmiji, 29, who lives in Klang, Selangor, she said although originally she and her family had wanted to go back to her father’s house for Hari Raya, the plans had to be changed due to the interstate travel ban imposed by the government to curb COVID-19 infections.
However, she said, they always contacted her parents via video call through the WhatsApp application.
Meanwhile, a posting popular actor Datuk Rosyam Noor’s Instagram account showing his mother standing beside a banner declaring that she was not accepting guests this Hari Raya has gone viral on the social media.
Netizens have praised her, saying the move was in line with the call by the Health Ministry to reduce house visits during the festive season.
“A very good example for all to follow. This is a sacrifice to protect our loved ones,” @huzairi21 posted on his Instagram account.
“This is the best. Not visiting does not mean you do not think of them, but ‘kita jaga kita’ (we look out for each other). Let us eradicate this corona virus,” said another Instagram user @nhuratelia.
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