Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Festival: Sarikei Hari Raya 2007. Part 3

Sarikei Hari Raya, Oct 2007.
Shop next to bus terminal.


Hari Raya Aidilfitri (or Hari Raya Puasa) means Fasting Day of Celebration. The main festive greeting used by in Malaysia is "Selamat Hari Raya". Another greeting is "maaf zahir dan batin" which means "I seek forgiveness (from you) physically and spiritually" because Hari Raya is a time to forgive and renew relationships. (source: Wikipedia)


Sarikei Hari Raya, Oct 2007.
Shop next to bus terminal.



The word butik at this shop is a literal translation of boutique. Check out the baju kurung for the ladies. Trick question: what's the difference between the ladies' baju kurung and baju kebaya? The baju kebaya (upper portion) is worn with the kain songket or batik.


Sarikei Hari Raya, Oct 2007.
Supermart at former Rex cinema.



For the guys, the traditional costume is called baju Melayu. Sarikei shops and supermarkets held sales to cater to the festive crowd and usually had festive music to lure you into the mood.


Sarikei Hari Raya, Oct 2007.
Jalan Masjid Lama.


Sarikei Hari Raya, Oct 2007.
Jalan Masjid Lama.



On the eve of Hari Raya, the ladies would be busy baking and cooking delicacies to be served to the relatives and friends during Hari Raya. One the most popular Malay cuisines is the ketupat (rice dumpling wrapped in palm leaves) served with rendang (dry beef curry) or satay (grilled meat on bamboo skewers). Find the ketupat decor in the daylight photo above and below.


Sarikei Hari Raya, Oct 2007.
Jalan Masjid Lama.



During Chinese New Year, kids love the ang pow (red packet containing cash). During Hari Raya, kids love the generous token sums of cash from the adults known as duit raya. Please own up for for those who got duit raya this year as an adult.

1 comment:

nelson said...

during raya, the kampung houses will be lit with colourful light bulbs and normally there is competition for the
best decorated house.

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