Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Belated wishes of Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha – to all my Muslim brothers and sisters.

I got the date wrong, but..

I miss home.
I miss our community celebrations.
I miss all the different way the various cultures celebrate their traditions.

The Chinese.
The Malays.
The Indians.

I grew up during an innocent time when we were all one big group – no divisions, no rife, no Us or Them.

Even though I’ve moved far away from my childhood home and country and settled in the UK where I’ve been for more than 20 years, I miss that one-ness.

The whatsapp messages that ping constantly, and the FB group messages and the stuff I see on social media pains me greatly.

The reality of what’s happening now makes me wonder if my memories were filtered through a romantic and nostalgic lens.

I don’t know.

I will just continue doing my part by
– not spreading gossip or misinformation
– not assigning blanket blame and judgement
– not belittling any group.

Even if my memories do not match reality, I’ll continue believing in the goodness in people, despite what politics and other factors my say.

#BeKind

You can never go wrong with that.

#OnThePeiroll