Eid-al-Fitr brings festive mode to the country. As many Muslims celebrate the joyous occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, Sita Satar who is active in various social institutions, including Indonesian Heart Foundation, Indonesian Arts Foundation and Traditional Fabric Lovers Community, looks forward too to this joyous occasion and follow the traditions that come as part of the festive day.
For Sita Satar, who is married to Rizal Satar, and the couple has two children, Eid-al-Fitr is a special occasion in which she can catch-up and bond with all family members. We spoke to Sita to get a sneak peek of what her day looks like on Eid-al-Fitr and find out about the family tradition that’s set in stone for her to follow on Eid-al-Fitr, read the interview below.
Please share with us what your family rituals are for Eid-al-Fitr?
After we wake up, we usually go straight to Eid prayer. When my grandmother was still here, my family consisting of my mother, my sister, my cousin and my nephew, we used to do Eid prayer together, gathered at my grandmother's house located in the Proklamasi street. We pray in the area around the Proklamasi monument. After that, we go home to our own, then we go around.
For now, I usually visit my in-law’s house, with my children and husband. Then continue to visit all of my husband's family. So that’s my usual tradition...after visiting the in-law’s house, then we meet my husband’s family and all his siblings. After all is done, in the afternoon we go home and get rest.
Do you have a special dish or recipe that you prepare for Eid-al-Fitr?
So at my house, my cook is very good at cooking Lebaran cuisine. For example, there must be a menu that we often encounter during Lebaran, from chicken opor, vegetables curry, fried sambal, gudeg, and others.
But for myself, I like it when I’m at my family’s house. Usually the food is not the usual Lebaran menu, but other menu, such as meatballs, etc. So we try to avoid boredom of repetitive food after we go around meeting our relatives.
Three (3) words to describe the meaning of Eid-al-Fitr for you?
Lebaran for me is family togetherness. The four of us, my husband and my children, we can gather together on a special occasion. We could have lunch together, which is a rare moment. It’s rare we all get-together. So Lebaran, wherever we are, is a togetherness that means a lot to me. A togetherness, an opportunity where we can get-together, with husband and children, and meet the whole family.