Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Menjelang hari raya

Next week muslim all over the world will be celebrating hari raya.Celebrating hari raya as a kid is wayyyyyyyy much fun than being an adult.I had spend most of my time as a kid living with my grandparent in a small coastal malay village in penang. Nowadays the village is no more as it had been develop into an apartment and both of my grandparent had passed away long time ago.
Normally during this time around especially in the last week before hari raya , there will be beehive of activity of people making preparation for hari raya.The houses was not far apart from each other and you could literally see and smell what your neighbour is doing.Normally during this time around my grandmother will be busy making kuih bahulu (a malaysian version of muffin) and her neighbour will be busy making bengkang the traditional way using a home made stove with fire from the husk of the coconut.At night, apart from the terawih , most of the houses was lit with panjut-panjut(home made kerosene lamp) and the air was filled with a burning sulfur smell from the fireworks .Back then there was no blanket ban on firework and you could buy them almost everywhere and my late grandfather would spend quite a lot of money on fireworks.One or two days before hari raya , the celebration intensifiy before reaching its climax on the hari raya itself.
It was a stark contrast in what i experience living in KL.It sadden me a bit because my kids won't be able to experience what i had experience but i will make the best of what i have so that they will have a good lasting memory on celebrating hari raya with their parent.My wife had started making cookies for hari raya and last night we had lit up our panjut-panjut at our compound.The kids are equally excited , my eldest daughter could be seen jumping in excitement as i guess it was the first time seeing such thing.She was equally busy at the kitchen helping or rather messing around with mommy .The atmosphere was rather festive and we do enjoy ourselves.I had manage to buy some fireworks although it's illegal but please don't spread the words, he he.Well that's all for today.Will update more if i could find the time.Selamat hari raya maaf zahir batin.

My late grandfather house


  1. It is always beautiful to reflect on our past...yes, Raya is best enjoyed with the family in the kampung...maybe the time has come for us all to install a/con in our kampung houses , so that the kids would enjoy staying there longer..Selamat Hari Raya saudara xplorer.

  2. Selamat Hari Raya juga buat Explorer dan famili :)

  3. Saiful-welcome to my blog.kalau letak aircond tu namanya resort n bukan kampung,he he
    Masmz-selamat hari raya to you too

  4. eh ada jugak org yg still pasang panjut! awesome