Thursday, October 11, 2007

Festival: Sarikei Hari Raya 2007. Part 1

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Tents, tents, tents = food, food, food.

The Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival is held annually (since the 1990s?). It was held at the whole stretch road between the former army camp and the Sarikei Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007
Deep fried chicken and skewered meat.

Vendors started to open their stores early in the afternoon despite the heat. The crowds would come in the late afternoon as the time to break fast started to draw near.

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Steamed kueh (pastries) and soya bean drinks.

Ramadan is a religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The word "Ramadan" is taken from the name of this month and is an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground, and shortness of rations. (source: Wikipedia)

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Mee goreng (Fried noodles).

The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Ramadan migrates through the seasons. In 2007, Ramadan lasts from 13 Sep to 12 Oct.
(source: Wikipedia)

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Panggang (glutinous rice) in banana leaves.

Every day during the month of Ramadan, Muslims get up before dawn to eat and perform their prayer. They break their fast when the fourth prayer of the day is due. (source: Wikipedia)

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007
Pre packaged food.

During the month after Ramadan, called Shawaal, Muslims are encouraged to fast for a further six days. The sick and travellers may substitute other days to perform their Ramadan obligations. Children, the elderly and pregnant women are excused. Menstruating women can make up the days missed, usually in Shawaal. (source: Wikipedia)

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Pancake filled with peanuts and sugar

The Five Pillars of Islam is the term given to the five duties incumbent on every Muslim. These duties are Shahada (profession of faith), Salah (ritual prayer), Zakah (alms giving), Sawm (fasting during Ramadan), and Haji (pilgrimage to Mecca). (source: Wikipedia)

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Roti prata

The array of food displayed was awesome. Almost every stall had its own product differentiation.

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Chicken and vegetables bun.

The heat was quite unbearable during the hot days of 32-34C. The on site cooking and the BBQ chicken and fish stalls compounded the effect. Smoke from the BBQ stalls at the front entrance sometimes got blown into the crowd.

Sarikei Buka Puasa Festival, Oct 2007.
Nasi padang. The black plastic bags on sticks were used to chase away flies.

The crowd of all races continued to stream in despite the hot weather. If you were late, you would be left with the crumbs. The early bird catches the best delicacies. Who needs western fast food?


Daniel Yiek said...

For those travelling during Hari Raya in Sarawak, pls drive safely. There are free drinks at 9 Rest & Relax stops to beat fatigue..including the R&R stop at Bukit Sebangkoi

nelson said...

selamat hari raya!
maaf zahir & batin

lidasar said...

This is a culture of the West Malaysian, is called Pesta Makanan.

In my childhood Ramadan is a month long of simplicity where buboh and ubi kayu was served, I long for my simple buboh.

stlau said...

Those Panggang look fantastic. Daniel, know where to get them in SG?

lidasar said...

Talking about Panggang I recall this old short & slim Malay lady carrying a basketful with a piece of cloth covering the Panggang offering them door to door in the evening round Sarikei town. She comes rather late, usually after 8pm and that was my simple supper.

Daniel Yiek said...

I have been to the Buka Puasa festival in Johore Bahru's S-Mart (next to Carrefour) this month. The Sarikei version is better organised.

Yes, that pic of panggang in raw banana leaves been roasted was very tempting. :) Have not seen panggang in S'pore. Maybe can find in Paya Lebar's hawker centres like Haig Road.

This post shows less that half of the stalls. It was quite an awesome array of food for a small town.

Kanga said...

This is the best part of a smaller town like sarikei can provide! In cities overseas, eating a few sticks of satay will set you back a few paces and eating banana is expensive enough! forget about seeing something with banana leaves like panggang! Seeing thoses photos make visiting this blog worthwhile for me.

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