Monday, October 30, 2006

Hari Raya Gathering

Imran's Family Photo Raya 2006
Celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year seems to go on a slow start.

Maybe because it falls on a weekday, so there seems to be a lull period of a few days until the weekend arrives. Most probably so because the exams are on for the Primary students.

This year seems to fall short on mandatory visiting to our parents homes - Wifey's at West Coast and mine in Woodlands.

My mother-in-law was not coming back to Singapore this year, but celebrating it in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she has settled in her new home a few years already.

So, the whole day was spent at my parents home instead. Good thing we were there as this year was my parents busy year somehow.

Right after we took our traditional annual Raya family photo in our home, we headed to my parents place after lunch.

Within just the first day, they both have received visits from far away relatives in big groups. Wifey and I helped out at the kitchen preparing drinks and food while our parents entertained their guests.

It was like Mcdonalds' with lunchtime crowd. It was tiring, but fun. We were like working in a busy Chinese restaurant. I did the dishes, while Wifey prepared the food and drinks as family after family came visiting.

It made both my parents so happy that they remembered them and did a wonderful gesture to actually made them their priority to visit on the first day of Aidilfitri. A day traditionally reserved for parents, grandparents and close relatives.

It made me proud to have my parents be regarded that highly.

Selamat Hari Raya Mom and Dad!
Maaf Zahir Dan Batin


  1. What a wonderful day! I'm not familiar with "Hari Raya Aidilfitri," though. Is it national or religion?

  2. Hello Andrew,

    Thanks for coming in.

    Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a religious day for Muslims and is also a national holiday in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

    Aidilfitri to Muslims is important and celebrated like what Christmas is to Christians.

    It is a month of celebration after a month of fasting and spiritual-cleansing & reflection.

  3. What a great family photo.

    I am glad you and your family enjoyed your special day.

  4. Hello Ellen,

    A tradition in my family to take our family picture just before we leave for visiting our parents.

    Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed the day. In fact, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the epitome of all religious celebrations to us.

    Thanks for coming in. Have a great weekend celebrating your birthday lunch with family.


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