Deceased relatives and friends were not forgotten on the happy Shawal morning as people celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Visting their place of rest at the cemeteries is a practice of Muslims in Brunei Darussalam and in other parts of the world. For many people, the visit is often a mixture of happiness and sadness. Sad as the fond memories flood the heart and bring tears to the eyes. And happy in being able to gather and pay respects to the loved ones and offer prayers for them.
Around 8 in the morning and people were gathered at several cemeteries in Bandar Seri Begawan to visit the graves of their loved one, to supplicate and seek Allah's blessings and forgiveness for them. Al-Fatihah, Surah Yasin, Tahlil, Doa and Shalawat were read to invoke Allah's blessings and pardon. For the visitors, the visit was a reminder that they too would leave this world one day and become the visited. It is also a way to remember that loved ones, the wealth and luxuries of this world would be left behind and that only Allah's love and blessings are eternal.
Meanwhile, outside the graveyards, there were vendors selling 'aying asah-asahan', the scented water that visitors pour on the graves. For the vendors, some of them young children, it is a good way to gain extra income on the auspicious day.
Source: Radio Television Brunei