Alhamdulillah, this year we are still given the opportunities to fully perform our fastings in Ramadhan and welcome the month of Syawal. the purpose of celebrating Hari Raya is to only mark down the victory of all Muslims to be able to complete their fastings in Ramadhan. fasting may be normal for us but it is in fact very challenging for the others. Though we are encouraged to celebrate it, but the word "too much" comes in mind as we observe the Malay's culture of celebrating it (its not that im excluded). anyhow, heres what ive got for this raya.
yep, my dad still with his annual custom; sleeping whenever he is full. LOL. on the first day of raya, we went to Klang, Selangor (not so much of kampung) to visit our relatives (mainly, uncles and aunts) from the side of my father. i was thrilled to go there this year as i have finally understood the adults' talkings and point of veiws. of course, the food was superb (creamy lodeh and lontong) and my third sister raced up with my dad to finish up their lontong. along the process of getting to know our relatives, we (the three sisters who hasnt got married yet) got a little boring and went hyper with our iPods. so you see, theres not much of getting 'to know' our cousins after all (they pretty much do their own stuffs as well). my third sister was shouting "zombie datang!!" all the way when she played resident evil and we were laughing like mad while the elderly got their ways to kerepek and kuih muih.
at Cik Ros' house (its the place where my dad fell asleep), we met a very adorable and cute cat name Among (i think the name was taken from chinese drama Devil Beside You). she was very cuddly and was purring all along while playing with us, until she accidentally scratched my hand and ran away. ha ha ha. we resumed with our iPods by playing something that generates our minds but we were too slow and ended up laughing again while having a mouthful of kuih raya (mainly famous amous and something with cherry).
then we move to shah alam to visit my moms sister. now the whole environment changed because finally we have someone our size to talk to; k.Nadia! Aqil, her big brother ended up washing the dishes at the kitchen while the girls gather around and have some ridiculous conversations about our moms. LOL. no wonder they are called sisters, they are all the same. a lot of people will call them twins because of their almost-the-same looks, and we would call them bewitched because they also do the same thing (i mean, their habbits). of course, my dad went into his deep sleep again after praying and ignored Pak Ngah's presence. LOL.
overall, the first day of raya felt like having some visits to the city. i was raised to be a budak bandar (not that i like it) and honestly, i never got the chance to feel the environment of a real Kampung (rumah kayu, bakar lemang, jerang air atas kayu api...etc). my grandparents died when i havent got eyes to see them. and honestly, since my father is a Jawa-ian, i wouldnt want to feel the environment of Kampung by staying over nights at our real kampung, Pulau Jawa. ha ha ha.
Going to my dad's side and my mom's side on the same day made the whole difference. at Klang, their way of thinking seems to vary from us. they are more towards the culture, traditions and customs. nothing else matters. and when having some conversations, they would always think traditionally. ha ha ha. its not that were too modern, its just to show that our point of veiws varies. on my moms side, they have been westernized from having to live in overseas since they were small. we communicate in english, and discuss some global issues with open minds. our thinking varies as well but the culture isnt as strong as my dad's side. we only communicate in english because they cant understand b.Melayu perfectly; not that were proud of it or something.
so to conclude; on the first day of Raya, i did lots of laughing, playing games, listening to music and most importantly, eating.
Happy Eid Mubarak