“Menjelang hari raya
Bergema takbir senja
Menyambut syawal tiba”
Yes, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is coming. A day of joyous celebration, but the MCO restrictions caused us to miss out on its true essence for two years. Last year's 'raya kelam kabut' left us confused and flabbergasted, but this year, let's make up for lost time with early preparations and readiness. Preparing for Hari Raya involves a lot of tasks, including 'gotong-royong,' decorating your home, cooking Raya food, and buying new clothes. That's why we've compiled a comprehensive guide in this post to help you prepare for a joyous and memorable Hari Raya celebration with your family and loved ones.
'Gotong-Royong’ and Decorating with Loved Ones.
Excitingly, cleaning and decorating your home is one of the most critical aspects of Raya preparations! It's the perfect time to bond with family members and plan decorations together through a 'Gotong-Royong.' Not only does this prepare you for the celebration, but it also strengthens family and community bonds. By working together towards a shared goal, you'll feel a sense of belonging and camaraderie that reflects the Malaysian culture's emphasis on community and family values. So join your family in preparing and participate, whether you do a lot or a little. What's important is that you bond and celebrate Hari Raya together!
Preparing Traditional Raya Dishes
Get ready for an electrifying gastronomical journey because Hari Raya is all about mouth-watering feasts and traditions. Malaysians from all walks of life come together to celebrate food and flavours after a month of fasting during Ramadan. But before we can indulge in the delicious delicacies, we must first ‘anyam’ the ketupat, bake the ‘kuih’, cook the ‘rendang,’ and many more Raya foods. Each state in Malaysia has its unique way of preparing Raya delicacies, such as the variant of ketupat from northern to southern Malaysia, with differences in the type of leaves and rice used. However, the making of ‘Ketupat,’ ‘Kuih,’ ‘Rendang’ requires teamwork. It's a tradition for family members and the community, young and old, to gather and prepare food for Hari Raya. Cooking together and sharing food creates a joyful atmosphere filled with love and memories that should not be missed.
Choosing the Perfect Raya Outfit
New clothes are essential for Hari Raya celebrations. It's a time to dress up in your best outfits and look your finest. Bazaars open during Ramadan for Raya celebrations at Jalan Tunku Abdul Razak, Bangi Sentral and Shah Alam Seksyen 7 in the Klang Valley. These are some of the places where people all over Malaysia come to shop for Hari Raya. ‘Baju kurung’ and ‘baju melayu’ are traditional outfits for Hari Raya, but in this modern era, they have been incorporated into contemporary fashion, leading to intriguing designs. Men's ‘baju melayu’ has also undergone a stunning transformation, with plenty of options to choose from. Get ready to be swept away by the latest trends in traditional fashion!
Making the Most of Your Hari Raya Celebration
Hari Raya is a joyous occasion celebrated by Malaysians from all walks of life. It is a time to gather with family and friends, share delicious food, and create wonderful memories. To make the most of your Hari Raya celebration, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Plan ahead to maximize your Hari Raya celebration. Decide on activities like visiting relatives or attending mosque prayers to avoid rushing. Expect traffic jams if traveling, especially in the North and East of Peninsular Malaysia on Raya night. Arrange accommodation, and consider staying with family to bond and welcome guests together!
Taking lots of photos is a wonderful way to capture memories of Hari Raya. It's also a great way to share your experiences with those who couldn't be there with you. Just make sure to ask for permission before taking someone's photo, and respect their privacy if they prefer not to be photographed. Happy snapping!
Take care of yourself: Celebrating Hari Raya can be physically and emotionally exhausting, with a lot of activities such as preparing food, visiting relatives, attending prayers, and more. So, it's essential to take breaks when needed, rest, hydrate and relax. Getting enough sleep is also crucial for staying energized during the day. Remember, Hari Raya is a time of joy and togetherness, and taking care of yourself will ensure you can fully participate in the celebration and create lasting memories with your loved ones.
Staying Safe During Hari Raya
Hari Raya is a time of joy and celebration, but safety should always come first! Please remember COVID-19 precautions when gathering with loved ones.
During Hari Raya, we all love to enjoy the ‘bunga api’ and ‘mercun’ activities, but let's not forget to prioritize safety, especially when children are involved. Keep a watchful eye on them, and ensure that any decorative items that may cause fire hazards are kept out of their reach.
Traveling during the festive season can also be challenging, but safety is key to avoiding car accidents. Before embarking on your journey, ensure your vehicle is in good condition, and don't forget to fasten your seatbelt and take breaks to rest and avoid fatigue. By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable Hari Raya celebration without compromising the safety of your loved ones.
Don't forget about safety during Hari Raya! Practice social distancing, watch out for fire hazards, and keep a close eye on your kids. And if you're traveling, plan ahead, check your vehicle, and follow traffic laws. By staying safe, you can have an unforgettable and joyous Hari Raya celebration with your loved ones, creating memories to last a lifetime.
Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri!!
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