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How Seafarers Celebrate Eid ul-Fitr during Pandemic


Celebrate Eidul-Fitr


I am the author of this website. I would like to wish you and your familily on the joyous moment of Eid ul-Fitr: Eid Mubarak!

Shawwal comes, marking the end of the holy Ramadan. This happy day is named Eid ul-Fitr. The word 'Fitr' means breakfast. It is a celebration of ending the fasting month for Muslims.

It is Eid ul-Fitr (Indonesians calls it Idul Fitri). Muslims all over the world celebrate it. They have light breakfast in the morning. Go to the mosque or to the open field for Eid prayer. Visit families or relatives or welcome their visits. But this time the joy may be different due to the Corona pandemic.


Ashore

It is common in Indonesia, usually two or a week ahead of Eid ul-Fitr, there is a yearly tradition of "mudik lebaran", an exodus for the coming festive of Eid. Those living and or working in different regions of this country come home to visit their families and spend a few days with them during the holidays.

What is wrong with that?

During the pandemic, it is against the restrictions imposed by the government. The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) are meant to curb the spread of Covid-19, a deadly infectious disease. The disease has infected millions of people around the world, hundred thousands of which lost their lives.

Homejourneys, family and or mass gatherings, packing up markets for shopping amid the pandemic may risk in more infections on the later days.

Every one has to obey the rules: to save and being saved by staying at home, keep safe physical distance, and other health protocols.


Aboard ship

Doctors and medical teams deserve respects and great honors. No one disagree that they are fighting at the front to save patients of the deadly coronavirus. They risk their lives. Some of them got infected and died. May Allah bless their souls.

Seafarers, no need of approval, are also fighting at the front, take or deliver goods to wherever port, so that supplies are fulfilled. Imagine how is life if oil tankers or ships carrying food stuffs are a month late or stop their operations.

Arriving at the port of loading or discharging, they are quarantined, but still they have to do their routine jobs. Be well prepared for cargo operations, control safety and security measures including health protocols on crews and visitors coming aboard.

During Ramadan Muslim crews also do fasting. Today, Shawwal the first, they break it. When many of them are Muslim then they may organize Eid prayer on board. Have special meals prepared by the Cook.

They can go virtual, make video calls to their families or relatives if internet connection is good enough. Otherwise, stay at the cabin, make notes on the diary and wish the virus leaves soon.


Back to seas,
sail away
Away of the shores,
miles off celebration
Save
and being saved,
Souls to heaven


(Song of the Seafarers, poem by Suprapto, 2020)


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