It’s Hari Raya today (May 24, 2020), a day to mark the end of the month-long fasting during Ramadhan. Given the different circumstances this year, we don’t have the luxury of balik kampung to reunite with our family for Raya celebration. But don’t let that bring your spirit down. You can still have an awesome Hari Raya celebration, #stayathome style. Here are some last-minute ideas for a memorable Raya at home.
Each year, local fashion designers will release countless Hari Raya clothing designs, from classic Baju Kurung Pesak (loose-fitting dress worn over a long skirt), the stylish Baju Kurung Modern for the ladies, or the smart Baju Melayu complete with sampin wrapped around the waist for the men. Hari Rayah is all about #OOTDs.
With things going a bit differently this year, you may opt instead to recycle your old Raya clothes, especially if you didn’t get to order some online just in time for Raya. The most important thing is that you look and feel great on Raya. That’s really all you need.
Add some nostalgia to your Raya feasting
After 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk, Muslims are certainly looking forward to savour the colourful spread of classic Raya meals. This means ketupat, lemang, satay, lontong, kelupis, serunding, curry beef and so much more.
As the family gathers at the table ready to dig in to the wonderful Raya fare, take your phone out, cast it to your bluetooh speaker and stream a playlist of classic Hari Raya songs for some nostalgia as you enjoy your meals together.
Some classic Hari Raya tunes include the late Puan Sri Saloma’s “Selamat Hari Raya”, the late Dato’ Sudirman’s “Balik Kampung”, M. Nasir’s “Satu Hari Di Hari Raya” and the late Datuk Sharifah Aini’s “Minal Aidil Wal Faizin”. They’re free to stream on Spotify. (https://www.spotify.com/my-en/)
Virtual Raya gathering
Traditionally, children would seek forgiveness from their parents on the first day of Raya by saying ‘Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir & Batin’, which loosely means “Happy Raya Day, I seek forgiveness”. This is usually done over a gathering with cousins, aunts and uncles at your Atuk and Nenek’s (Malay for grandpa and grandma) house.
You can recreate this Raya family gathering and continue the tradition of seeking forgiveness through video conferencing services like Zoom and Facetime video, among others. Because truly, what is Raya celebration without family?
Send e-Duit Raya
Every year, banks and corporate organisations would hand out colourful Raya packets to their customers a few weeks before Hari Raya. These packets are used to distribute Duit Raya to the little ones on Raya Day. But as it is advisable to avoid cash at the moment, why not send e-Duit Raya instead? Thanks to services like Sarawak Pay and Boost, we can now send e-Duit Raya to our family and friends with just a tap of our phone screen. That’ll put a smile on their face.
Admit it, we all have that one friend whose house becomes our Raya karaoke port every year. Besides catching up with one another, karaoke is a much-loved activity when one visits any Raya open house.
Relive that experience this year with mobile singing apps. Smule is a great choice that lets you start a group singing session via Live Jam feature. Whoever has a premium account can start the Live Jam and invite everyone else to join and sing together. It’s so fun, you’ll find yourself singing for hours! www.smule.com
There you have it! Some last-minute ideas for a memorable #stayathome Raya celebration! So what have you got planned for today?