Raya around the World

Cairo, Egypt

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Photo courtesy of Mostafa

Where are you residing now?
I’m in Dubai right now. I arrived here six months ago.

What are some family or cultural traditions that you do during Hari Raya?
Hari Raya takes place after Ramadan, that is, one month of fasting. Usually Hari Raya starts after the last prayer on the day before. Then usually the younger people will stay together playing and enjoying the fireworks. Then on the first morning of the first day of Hari Raya we pray the Hari Raya prayer at 6:00am. After this the younger children will play football or ride their bicycles and just hangout; and the older children may go back to sleep as sometimes they have stayed up late on the previous night. At around 3pm in the afternoon all of the family will usually go to the grandfather’s home to eat and to give away money to the children in the family. Some of the families might then go outside for picnics.

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Name some typical dishes eaten during this season.
We eat FATTA this is toasted bread with white rice; topped with tomato  and garlic sauce and lots of meat.

How do you and your family normally celebrate this occassion?
Normally on the first day we go to my grandfather’s home with all our family members. Then on the second day I will go out with my friends and go home to watch comedy movies with my mum; or sometimes we go to watch new movies in the cinema.


Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Photo courtesy of Shafiya Careem

Where are you residing now?
Colombo, Sri Lanka.

What are some family or cultural traditions that you do during Hari Raya?
Our family traditions include: On festival day, we go for morning prayers as a family. Thereafter, we visit our grandparents to give Salam and to obtain blessings. The men would then visit the burial ground where family and friends have been laid to rest for remembrance and prayers. Lunch would be at my in laws whilst dinner is at my parents where the entire extended family gather together. This is a traditional dinner which has been happening since my grandparents days.

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Name some typical dishes eaten during this season.
Buriyani and Wattalapam.

How do you and your family normally celebrate this occassion?
Everyone eagerly awaits, the announcement from the Grand Mosque about the festival. The minute it’s confirmed all the girls apply Mehendi the night before the festival. My Mom prepares the yummy sweets for the day. My Mom and her sisters have friendly competitions about whose wattalapam tastes best and the husbands are the judges. We also exchange gifts with each other.


Singapore

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Photo courtesy of Fuzzy Zainol Abideen

Where are you residing now?
I am living in Singapore.

What are some family or cultural traditions that you do during Hari Raya?
On the morning of Eid, my family goes for prayers. As my Mom and I are the eldest in each of our generations within the family, the rest of the family come over to visit us on the first day. We eat and catch up with what’s been happening; but the kids basically are the centre of attention.

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Name some typical dishes eaten during this season.
Rendang, Sambal Goreng Pengantin, Ayam Masak Merah, Lontong and/or Ketupat and different kinds of Serunding – just your basic Raya feast.

How do you and your family normally celebrate this occassion?
We start by getting the house cleaned and spruced up to welcome guests. After the first day, we do the rounds visiting relatives.


This article was published in the July 2015 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!

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