Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Have a blessed 2015 Raya holiday…


I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely wish to all my Malay friends, Selamat Hari Raya Aidifitri!

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I’m actually quite jealous of this festival because it gets early every year. The reason is that the Islamic calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar, the normal calendar we used which has 365 days a year (366 for leap year). Based on Islamic calendar, there is only 355 days a year (10 days lesser). That’s why Muslim’s festivals are arriving quicker every time, including this Hari Raya, the most festive celebration for them.

It’s really worth celebrating for them since they have to go through one month of fasting in the Ramadhan month. I really admire the effort of not eating or drinking for a whole day before evening. And that has to go on for a month long. If I have to practice it, I think I’m going to be very exhausted and have no mood to do anything for the whole month. I’m going to faint easily too as I always have to eat and drink a lot to keep myself energized for daily tasks. Bravo to all fasting Muslims. You are great. Actually it’s nice to do fasting as it helps to save money from skipping the lunch.

But hey…a week ago, I saw few Malay kids eating at a stair near a lobby in a shopping mall during the fasting period. Isn’t that wrong? I guess they are literally too hungry and decided to eat, hoping not to get caught by anyone since they are doing so in a corner like hiding. But I saw them. Oppss…a bit awkward as I looked at them for about 10 seconds and they knew it. Fortunately, I’m not Malay, if not, they would be scolded for being against the religious practice.

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Anyway, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri once again! Wishing you to have a safe journey for ‘balik kampung’ (returning to hometown) for the celebration. As for the others whom are not celebrating, have a happy holiday! Enjoy the longer weekend break!

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!


Fireworks heard everywhere in my neighbourhood from days or even weeks before the Hari Raya celebration. It may be disturbing when some fireworks were set off on the late-night hours when most have already been sleeping, but it’s okay since their major festival is approaching and that it is normal to play fireworks to build up the festive mood. But isn’t fireworks are illegal in Malaysia? People still can buy it and play. Who cares….! If no fireworks, things would be too quite, and there wouldn’t be Raya atmosphere around.

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The time has come. The Ramadhan month is over and the Muslims have successfully finished their fasting over this one-month period. I do really admire their faith and wisdom on Islam for being able to not consuming any food or drink in a lengthy period of time everyday for the past month. For me, I think I couldn’t stand the hunger and the thirst, as well as the lack of energy. Fasting is a good practice, and it somehow helps Muslims to save money too (skipping lunch everyday).

Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim friends particularly in Malaysia a very wonderful and joyous Raya celebration! Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Maaf, Zahir dan Batin. By this time, I believed many have already went back to their hometown (sudah balik kampung) safely. Time to gather, chill and celebrate together with your family, relatives, neighbours and friends on this wonderful festival! In the meantime, I’m sure KL would be quite empty except than seeing Chinese or Indians, and mostly foreigners wondering the streets nowadays. I’m currently on a short family vacation at Bali, Indonesia. Will be updating my blog with highlights from my Bali trip once I returned to Malaysia.

On the other hand, for other Malaysians who are not celebrating this festival, a big Happy Holiday greeting to you too! This week offers perfect opportunity for trip (like me), outings or simply rest at home after spending over half of the year working, working and working! Enjoy la….Many must be taking additional leaves up till the end of this week too. So, you would have over a week of break! Awesome!

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Last but not least, I would like to sincerely wish every Malays once again ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!’.

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Yes..another public holiday! Happy Awal Muharram to all Muslims…


This week is amazing! Not only that there is a public holiday that falls within this week, but it’s two in the same week. Two days ago, we had the Deepavali celebration, the Festival of Light for the Indians and now on this day, it’s the celebration of Awal Muharram for the Malays. There isn’t any Monday blues at all for this week since Tuesday is a holiday for Deepavali. And then, there isn’t any pressure of returning back to work on Wednesday as another holiday falls on Thursday which is this Awal Muharram.

I’m not involved in any of these two festivals as I’m a Chinese, but there is of course joy for having to enjoy several holidays, all in one week. Just lovely. And furthermore, I’m taking an annual leave this Friday, hence I am now off from work from Thursday till Sunday, before returning back to office next Monday. What a way to end this week. I believe many would be taking leave this week too, as I have seen much lesser cars on roads nowadays. Furthermore, it’s the beginning of the one and a half month long end-year school break too.

Hmm…at first, I don’t really know what Awal Muharram is, up until when I asked one of my Malay colleagues yesterday. It’s actually a new year celebration for the Muslims, but it’s not that emphasized (not a major festival) compared to Hari Raya Puasa and Haji. Even the Indians also didn’t emphasize much on their new year celebration (which is usually in April every year) but more on Deepavali, or simply known as Diwali. But for us, the Chinese, our most major festival would be the Chinese New Year (usually in February every year) or known as Spring Festival over at China.

Eventhough Awal Muharram isn’t a really big deal or a much happening festival, it’s still symbolic to mark the beginning of a new year in Muslim calendar. If you are taking the opportunity of long break to return to hometown (balik kampung), then I wish you to have a safe and pleasant journey home. Enjoy this day with your family and friends! Salam Maal Hijrah. For the others, Happy Holiday of course! It’s time to take a break AGAIN, and do whatever you missed out in your previous holiday. If not, you have to wait till Christmas for the next public holiday.

 

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Happy Awal Muharram to all Muslims. It’s a new year of 1434 Hijrah for the Muslims! Happy New Year to them! For the Indians, let me extend my Deepavali greeting to you once again. Let the festive mood continues till the end of this week. Enjoy, rest and have fun!

Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim friends!


Here I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! May this Raya comes with full of love, peace and prosperity…

Balik kampung…oh,oh,oh…balik kampung…it’s a very famous tradition for majority of the Malays here in Malaysia to return to their hometown to celebrate this very big occasion together with their older family members back in village. It’s a good tradition. I believe it must be quite a good atmosphere having to celebrate Raya in ‘kampung’ (stands for village) environment which is much more friendly, happening and harmonious. But the journey back to hometown must be quite troublesome due to inevitable traffic congestion on highways caused as many people would be driving back also around the same time. May you have a pleasant and safe drive home.

Well, it’s also a good time to take a break from works and the busy city life, and to get ample of rest while enjoying the precious time with family, relatives and friends. For the other Malaysians not celebrating (like me, a Chinese), we would take this opportunity to send warmest greeting to our Muslim friends, visiting Raya bazaar or to attend open house if invited. If not, then we would still fill up this break with leisure activities, or even going for travel. Forget about work at this moment. Let’s give ourselves a rest! Even I can also feel the festive mood of this Raya celebration now as I heard multiple fireworks explosion everywhere from my home.

Muslims finally ended their fasting month and there arrived the first day of Hari Raya celebration for them today. May you enjoy this Raya festival to the max! Many would be taking a break this whole week long eventhough the public holidays only fall on Monday and Tuesday. Who doesn’t want to take this opportunity to take longer break right? But for me, I would be getting back to work this Wednesday. Hope that these few days wouldn’t pass quick. I believe most would think like mine too. Happy Holiday to everyone!

Last but not least, I wish to send my greeting once again to all Muslims around the world, particularly Malaysians; Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri for the year 2012! Maaf Zahir Batin…

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Salam Aidilfitri!


Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslims around the world, especially to my Malay friends, classmates and lecturers!

It’s a whole new year after a month of fasting!

A lot have returned back to village or commonly said, ‘balik kampung’ yesterday and this morning. It seems to be not much traffic congestion in areas around Kuala Lumpur, since many Malays will be missing in urban areas. It is time for them to return back to their origin hometown and celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with the elders and relatives. Even some Chinese are planning to go back hometown for this holiday!

It’s holiday for me and for all! That is why Malaysia is good in some points, A LOT OF HOLIDAYS! Since our nation is of many different races, so we have Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Haji, Mooncake Festival (coming soon), Thaipusam, etc. So many holidays every year for us to enjoy!

Anyway, wishing every Muslims around the world, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir Batin! Enjoy the celebration!