Living in heterogenous environment demands us to respect each another. When the Moslems celebrate Idul Fitri, Christians and other religion believers use their time to visit their colleagues, friends, and relatives. They also do things we call ‘silaturahim’. It is one of the ways to respect others when they celebrate the feast. Moslems also do this when Christians celebrate Christmas. As one of ESA members of 2002, Hasanudin usually does. “I usually do nothing special in December 25, yet I still go to my friends’ house who celebrate the Christmas. The rest, I just stay home”, he said.
However, in fact there are a few people who feel that they themselves have no use in Christmas day. Zulfkifli, student of Agriculture Faculty of Tanjungpura University is one of them. He said, “I do nothing special in Christmas day. I don’t get involve in the day, so I prefer staying at home”, he answered when he was asked whether or not he wants to spend the holiday to go around the town, or even go to the other town. “I usually walk around in my regular day, no need to wait for the holiday because holiday like Christmas is my time to stay home”, he added.
Although maybe some, or even most of Moslems think that they do not get involve directly in Christmas, in this case is they do not celebrate the day, the most important point is Moslems, as well as other religion believers, always try to respect one another when they celebrate their feast. Visiting friends’ house who celebrate Christmas, sending a Christmas-greeting SMS, and give chance to Christian to perform a religious service are ways to keep the peacefulness and tranquility among the religion believers.
Well, then. Representing whole Moslems around the world, I’d like to greet Merry Christmas for all Christians in Pontianak, especially those who is reading English Day on Tribune today. Have a nice Christmas! (dhz)