Firstly , a warm wishes SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI to our Muslim visitors. This year Hari Raya falls on 24th May 2020. Oh I can hear the RAYA song on TV now.
Talking about RAYA food, always brings me back to nostalgia lane when I was younger. My dad had a very good Malay friend and he would always on the morning first day of HARI RAYA bring an assortment of delicacies to our home . A must have included ketupat and lemang with rendang, serunding, dodol , fruit cake and other delicacies etc. We didnt even have to visit him – those were the days when all races live in harmony with each other.
As Malaysians this is the time we celebrate each others’s festival because we all also take time off to BALIK KAMPUNG or take a short excursion or maybe a long vacation to join the traffic jam as the kids are on school holidays , visit our Muslim friends and wish them well wishes , although the main reason is probably to savour some good food and delicacies.
This indeed a very challenging time for everybody with lockdown, movement control order (MCO) or circuit breaker ( CB) whatever you want to call it. Therefor this year, there will be no visitation , no short excursion or BALIK KAMPUNG – JUST STAY AT HOME.
For those who are form my generation , from 1996 to 1998 (Ooops – I revealed my era) , Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Chinese New Year occurred on the same week. Originated in Malaysia, the catchphrase Kongsi Raya. Guess when is the next one – the next will be between 2029 and 2031.
Nonetheless, lets stay safe and healthy so that we can celebrate together for many more years to come. At the mean time practice social distancing and wear a mask if you have to go out, wash your hands and keep personal hygiene at all time.