UNAIR NEWS – Eid-ul-Fitr is one of important moments for Muslims around the world. A tradition upheld to welcome the holiday is mass exodus to hometown. It is not only for strengthening ties with relatives, but also a moment to find the true meaning of our being, that how far we have gone, we always have a place to get back. At least a lecturer of Indonesian Literature UNAIR, Muchtar Lutfi, S.S., M.Hum., feels that way.
Lutfi has his own story when he was asked about the meaning of Eid-ul-Fitr. For him, the most beautiful moment in Eid-ul-Fitr celebration is when he has opportunity to visit his relatives and neighbors.
“At that time, silaturrahim was compulsory by visiting house by house, not only because of encountering them in the street, and that moment now is really hard to do even though there is a complete facility,” he recalled.
Lutfi and his family who also went home to Pacitan and Temanggung viewed that this mudik tradition is original. For him, the togetherness found in it can unite and improve unity of the nation.
“Mudik in Eid-ul-Fitr is Indonesian originality, it a moment which unites all as most of us are muslims, so automatically it unites the nation, furthermore, going back home is the right moment to recall our roots,” he said.
Nevertheless, he also regretted some people who still have incorrect understanding silaturrahim. The tradition has shifted from visiting house by house to visiting tourist attractions and entertainment spots. He believed that the true meaning of Eid-ul-Fitr has been lost that way.
“This shift nowadays, silaturrahim is done by visiting tourism objects, so the true meaning of silaturrahim and Eid-ul-Fitr has vanished,” he added.
The lecturer of philology added that holiday is a precious moment as everyone can meet and come together. Asked about the essence of Syawal, she said that it is a moment to follow up Ramadan.
“Our grandmother used to fast on the second day, because Syawal is a moment to cool down so the festivities of Ramadan linger,” he said. (*)
Author: Nuri Hermawan
Editor : Dilan Salsabila