Honestly, i've never got near to any of those.yup,touching it before it set on fire was a big NONO.we weren't allow to do so when we were kids.Everynight, we just sat on the stairs, excitedly watching the cousins having fun with their mercun and bunga api. Amazed,we were.
Not to forget the meaningful television raya advertisements. Each with hidden message. I love raya's advertisements. especially the meaningful and the hilarious ones. Thanks to youtube,i managed to watch some of the raya advertisements last year. But i miss the sincere ones which are now apparently extinct.
It's hard to find good new raya songs nowadays. The old ones are still the best.Suasana Hari Raya by Anuar Zain and Elina is on the top of my most favourite raya songs. My all time favourite raya song since i was a little kid. The only new song that has my vote of 'lagu sedap' is Selamat Hari Raya by JFK,Kaer Azami,Nabil,Omar K,and Shazzy.
Compare this and this. Which one do you prefer? I still like the original one. man,nothing can beat the original one,agree?
Preparation for raya this year is under budget. Mom doesn't want us to spend too much over the things you rarely wear. I just bought 2 baju raya and the rest..will be reused from the previous raya.
Balik kampung is a must do. I can say that i am lucky to have a kampung in Bestari Jaya(formerly known as Batang Berjuntai), Kuala Selangor which takes only about 1 1/2 hours of journey from Bandar Baru Bangi. Nothing can stop us from balik kampung.
Syawal or bulan raya is the month when people reunite with their relatives. When people visit the kubur.the month we celebrate love. Those who left the world were remembered, and those who're still alive appreciates each other.
I've experienced raya di perantauan last year. Everything has to be done by ourselves. Moms were not there to direct us what to do,what to buy or where to clean. The joy of gotong-royong is still vividly in my mind. Some didn't even sleep that raya eve so that the house will be perfectly clean. Even my gross house last year became livable for raya.which was something my housemates and i very proud of.
The first time i did the kuah kacang and it turned out to be great was also my first raya di perantauan without family. It was also the first time i celebrate hari raya without dad since he passed away.
The crying on the phone with family, the hugging with housemates to clear the sad moment, and the minta ampun with housemates,really touched my heart,and that is why last year's hari raya meant alot to me.
This year's raya will be a bit different for us. Instead of balik kampung right after the solat raya, we will balik kampung in the afternoon, after our neighbours reunion tradition thingy.
So, baked your kuih raya yet?i'm sorry i didn't send any kad raya to any of you. I couldn't find the time to buy them.next year,maybe? if it's not from here,maybe i'll send them from there.we'll see. ;)
but i do hope that you'll give me some duit raya! *wink wink!
My favourite hari raya song.Click the play button to listen.