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Eid in a freer Libya

Posted on 30 August 2011

 Muslims in Libya celebrate their own Hari Raya, flavoured with the taste of freedom. 

Muslim men in Benghazi, Libya doing their prayers during Ramadan. Courtesy reuters

While Muslims in Singapore celebrate Hari Raya with the usual ketupat, rending and kueh, Libyans on the other side of the world are experiencing celebrations of a different kind.

It is the first Eid al-Fitr, the great feast that closes the fasting month of Ramadan to be celebrated in Libya, without dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

“Every year we celebrate Eid with new clothes, big meals and home-made sweets. There are shortages this year. But we have managed so far. Thank God this Eid has a special flavour. This Eid we have freedom,” said Adel Kashad, 47, a computer science engineer in an oil company.

There will be no new clothes or passer malams for the two million people living in the capital city which is still reeling from the six-month uprising that saw Gaddafi kicked out from his palace.

Zeid Al Akari, 60, a driver, said: “It’s OK if we have shortages, if we have to sacrifice for this day, which is a day of freedom. This year we are going to make do with anything. The most important thing is that we got rid of this despot.”

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As we celebrate the triumph of multiracialism in this multiethnic country, scream at the lack of freedom of expression/press/assembly or even comment furiously online on the despotism of the ruling party – remember – there’s Libya.

Selamat Hari Raya, from New Nation.

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