The Indonesian Muslim community in Switzerland has gloriously celebrated the Eid ul Fitr Al Mubarak of 1430 Hijriah on Sunday, 20 September and Monday, 21 September 2009. Eid ul Fitr is a time for Muslims across the world to celebrate the end of fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan, which is also a time for them to thank God for all blessings as well as for the strength of enhanced self-control and discipline, understanding and forgiveness.
Eid ul Fitr is also the time for Muslims to ask forgiveness for any sin, which they may have committed. In Indonesia, the feast is known as Hari Raya Idul Fitri or informally, Lebaran. Hari Raya Idul Fitri literally means the “Great Day of Celebration”.
The Eid ul Fitr Al Mubarak prayer was held on Sunday, 20 September 2009 at 10.00 am at the Indonesian Embassy in Bern, which was joined by around one hundred Muslims. On the next day, the Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Lucia H. Rustam and Mr. Rustam held an Eid Mubarak`s gathering “Halal Bihalal” at the Ambassador`s residence in Gümligen Bern. More than hundred of Indonesian families from many different parts of Switzerland, wearing various and colorful Muslims outfits, attended the event. They greeted one another with “Minal Aidzin wal Faidzin”, which means forgive any of my wrongdoings. Typical Eid ul Fitr food, such as lontong, semur, opor ayam, as well as typical Indonesian snacks, i.e. pisang goreng and bakwan udang, were also served to the guests.