By Zarul K.
In a few days Ramadhan will conclude and we will be entering Syawal. And that means Muslims will be celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Yay!!!
However, this time around the feeling will be very different in the midst of the Covid-19 and the CMCO extended until 9 June 2020. WIth the interstate travel ban in effect, a big part of this festive celebration – balik kampung – will be absent. But still there are many Malaysians trying their luck…haiya Malaysians ah.
Also, there will be lesser door to door visits with the 20 people limit attendance rule in place. And to be honest, most of us are still cautious of the virus spread, now that there are more asymptomatic cases being reported.
Although things are different the spirit of Aidilfitri should still be embraced and enjoyed nonetheless. So, here are some tips to having a good Raya week during the CMCO.
1. Connect with Loved Ones Online
If before it was Skype for raya perantauan, today we can use Zoom or Google Hangouts to connect with family and friends and chit chat with them while you gobble up your ketupat and rendang. Just like in this Iklan Raya Adabi 2020. Actually Whatsapp video call pun dah boleh (limit is up to 8 participants only though)
You can also chill chill and watch videos together with your friends by hosting a Facebook watch party
For kids, don’t worry and be sure not to miss out on Duit Raya since duit raya also can online already.
You can check out the e-duit raya options from most banks including Maybank (e-duit Raya Maybank2u), RHB Bank (RHB e-Duit Raya) and also e-wallets such as Touch n Go e-Wallet (Raya Sempoi 2.0)
2. Simple Raya Deco for the House
At times like this an Aidilfitri-themed decoration will definitely make your home feel more festive. However since people are not coming over, you can just focus decorating your video call background 😉 Keep things simple and on a low budget. Remember – No visitors means no expectations on your interior decorations.
Recycle last year’s decorations, be creative with unused duit Raya packets (since you don’t have to give out duit raya) or ask your children to make photo frames from idle cardboards in the storeroom.
Check out this video by Prestomall for ideas on how to craft an awesome raya themed background for your video-calls.
If you don’t have any of those items, get it online or a quick drive to any crafty stores like Spotlight or Mr DIY should do the trick.
3. Must Have Lagu Raya at Home
It just won’t feel like Raya without Raya songs. When you’re not having video sessions with loved ones or just enjoying your me-time while you’re cleaning the house, use Spotify or Youtube to play your favourite evergreen Raya songs in the comfort of your home (If you cannot balik kampung like me then you can play Dendang Perantau…haha).
If you’re up to listening to a Raya song that was released a few days ago you can check this song out (they even have TikTok worthy dance move):
Bersama You – Ayda Jebat, Zee Avi, Nabila Razali & As’ad Motawh
Also, in spirit of the facing Covid-19 with our neighbouring countries, I feel this song is worth sharing as it comprises singers from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore:
Raya Nusantara – Rizky Febian, Fatin Shidqia, Siti Nordiana, Ismail Izzani, Sufi Rashid
4. Not to be Missed - Lemang & Rendang!
Raya will not be complete without lemang and rendang. Here is a video by Khairul Aming on how you can make your own rendang ayam at home.
However if it didn’t turn out right, such as the many fails on “Masak Apa Tak Jadi Hari Ini” and “Suami Masak Apa Hari Ini” have shown us, then there is always delivery to fall back to.
Leave it to the experts and get these delicacies delivered to you, without burning down your kitchen. Check out our top picks of Lemang & Rendang sellers in Klang Valley.
So there you have it, some tips to have a good Hari Raya this year. Remember to stay safe, and remain positive that we will overcome this together.
From all of us at Lele, we wish everyone Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Dan Batin. #rayatetapraya#rayacmco#staysafe