Monday, August 29, 2011

Selamat Hari Raya!

I may not be Malay nor Muslim but I am Malaysian. We celebrate everything, do we not?

Another Raya away from home.
I suppose this is the feeling that builds up the the balik kampung excitement for many. After a long period of time away from family and kin and the month-long puasa, nothing beats the anticipation of familiar faces, sounds and smell.

Another year without ketupat, rendang, lemang, kuih raya and duit raya.
Okay, okay, I know the duit raya is mainly for kids but hey, if I am still given some, I will not reject! And ahem, yes, I know I love my food. But how can you resist ketupat?

Source: http://asmaliana.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/ketupat.jpg

And rendang?

Source: http://www.eglobaltravelmedia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Rendang_crt_indonesiatogodotcom.jpg

And lemang?

Source: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Lliol09w2Gc/UDSD82X46nI/AAAAAAAAAh4/pXuaNICFUv4/s1600/lemang.jpg

And kuih raya?

Source: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Oy61ll6TyIQ/Tcd1pC8A2aI/AAAAAAAAAt4/PYBMdWWRRrU/s1600/kuih+raya.png

Another year of getting the Raya feel over YouTube and Facebook.
Doing this nevers fails to make me all emotional and homesick. I still do it regardless. This year, I particular like the Dear Malaysians campaign by DiGi, in reminding us all to ask for forgiveness for the wrongdoings that we have committed. By the end of the song, "For Forgiveness", sang by young talented Malaysian Min'Z, I had tears welling up in my eyes.


Here is to wishing all my Muslimin and Musliman friends:
Selamat Hari Raya,
maaf zahir batin!

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