|SHR from Rumah Puteh, Pulau Pinang (CNB 2011)|
A very happy Eid Fitr' to all who celebrate it. This year, the second day (31 August) also coincides with our National Day. May the feasting be moderate and the freedom be heartfelt!
After Ramadhan stories, there will be Hari Raya stories to reminisce about. Remember the Rayas of our childhood in the kampung? When we went around collecting duit raya (Eid money). We did not forget to salam and ask for forgiveness for anything wrong we may have done the past year! And it was occupants of big houses who were most kedekut (stingy) and gave children 5 or 10 cents only, while others were more generous. And how can we forget the 'overfeasting' on raya cookies and gassy drinks, after a month of fasting, that may have led to frequent visits to the restrooms!
|Raya cookies, anyone? (CNB 2011)|
|Or lemang, satay? (I was so busy eating them that I forgot to take photos |
of these food so I got the above from the Eastin Hotel brochure 2011)
This year will be the 3rd in a row that we balik kampung (in Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang), making the annual migration up north with hundreds, maybe thousands (?) of other folks intent on celebrating Hari Raya in their hometown or kampung halaman. Previously we had lived in Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, so to balik kampung for Hari Raya did not have the same 'migratory' feel. It is good to meet up with family members, relatives and friends whom one might not have seen for a whole year or more. Catching up on everyone's stories over tables laden with rendang, ketupat & lemang, nasi himpit & kuah kacang, and raya cakes and cookies, etc., etc., foster great relationships all round. May we never tire of our balik kampung routine year after year.
|Welcoming some special guests to Rumah Puteh (2011)|
|My brother AG & family at the Rumah Puteh (CNB 2011)|
|A beautifully lighted up house (with lampu raya or Raya lights)|
in Kg Melayu (CNB 2011)
|Bro MM and sons at Teluk Kumbar (CNB 2011)|
|Selamat Hari Raya from me, here at Teluk Kumbar, PP |
on the 2nd day (2011)