Be it a celebration of life events, religious holidays like Christmas, Yom Kippur, Eid al Fitr, Diwali and others, it’s the waiting which is full of hopes, activities and expectations. Imagine a wedding, how excited the couple and their families are preparing for the festivities and gathering of friends and loved ones. The theme for the occasion, what clothes to wear, the style and colour, the food, the reception venues, who are to be invited and who is to sit down with who, the programme, the master of ceremony, gosh! There are just too many things to interest and occupy oneself.
The same goes for religious celebrations such as the fast approaching Christmas. What kinds of gifts we want to give and of course those that we are going to receive? The house must be presentable with foods and drinks for close friends and relatives to drop in. And in Malaysia the religious festivities seem to intertwine with regards to practices. The Muslims would go to prayer in the morning for Eid al-Fitr and later spend time with friends, relatives and neighbours feasting on sumptuous spreads, giving ang pow to kids just like the Chinese celebrating our new Year. Yet the waiting for these occasions is the more joyous than the actual day itself.
It is more exciting if the unexpected unfolds before you such as a long lost relative finally contacting you and telling you he/she would be coming to celebrate the auspicious occasion together with you, the waiting would be full of anticipation, longings and hopes and wishes. It is not the same by just being in contact through Facebook, the physical nearness is more fulfilling.
I remember feeling overwhelmingly happy having found a close friend whom I have lost contact with for more than two decades after I left following the completion of my studies overseas. We decided to meet up and go together on a journey down the memory lane. For months before the meeting, I had wondered how my friend would turn out to be, as JD (my friend) is not on Facebook: what would we say to each other? How would we ever begin to talk about our lives? So many things cropped up in my mind. To make matters rather awkward, JD is now a respected member of the legal profession of his country and no longer that law student I used to tease and often ended up with back-slapping and uncontrollable laughter. And JD was indeed fun. Suffice to say, the waiting was more heart-throbbing than the actual reunion.
Now that 21 December 2012 is just around the corner, the anxious waiting is soon coming to an end. What would it be like as the clock ticks ever steadily towards doomsday? Though NASA (US National Aeronautic and Space Administration) has decided to be the irritating spoilsports and came out 10 days before the day to pompously pronounce that 21 December will be like any other day. Sorry to disappoint you, the world is not going to end!
When I first read about the Mayan Calendar so-called prophecy about the end of the world a couple of years back, I was not that interested but as time went by, more write-ups on the subject became available and, casting off my good sense, I began to wonder, what if it’s true? After all there was evidence of outer space visitations being recorded in several parts of the world in times past. Could the Maya have known something that we don’t? Most importantly, did the Maya say anything about a 2012 apocalypse?
And so when a close relative studying in Australia wanted to come back to spend his University holidays before 21 December, we all promptly approved of his intention and when another with her family wanted to go on holiday in Europe through to Christmas, we are rather apprehensive.
Apparently in some parts of Russia people were stocking up on foods and fuel in anticipation of the end of the world. I cannot help smiling as why would anyone want to stock up on anything if the world is going to be annihilated to smithereens?
I am sure (I pray) that 21 December is going to be just like any other day (NASA says so ok). The end of the Mayan calendar this Friday will mark the beginning of a new journey for humanity. Most likely, the waiting is more memorable than the actual day.
Happy End of the Great Mayan Calendar on 21 December 2012!