Saturday, October 07, 2006

Hari Raya Hunt

Suria Raya Karnival Bugis Open Field
Two weeks into Ramadhan, we still without our traditional Malay Baju Kurung clothes for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

Wifey now extra busy with the shop as the festive shopping heats up, while I am doubly busy with work as two of our major Customers are here doing pilot runs almost at the same time.

That leaves us very little room for any preparations for Hari Raya.

Our home needs much cleaning-up and dressing-up for the visiting from relations, as ourselves need new Raya clothes to go visiting our parents as well as siblings homes.

Open house at every Muslims' homes to welcome families, relatives and friends for the whole of the month of Syawal as we celebrate the triumph of self-control with fasting and mind and body-cleansing of all things bad... habits and character.

Suria Raya Karnival Poster
With very little time left, we finally got our chance on Saturday night after our shop closed and headed down the Suria Raya Karnival.

Mission: Hunt for Raya cakes and cookies as well as that perfect, but elusive ensemble Hari Raya baju kurong for Wifey, our son and myself.

The place was cheerful, but many of the stalls have already closed... strange for a Saturday night. Unlike Geylang Serai Ramadhan Bazaar which will open and still buzzing with shoppers till 2:00 to 3:00 am in the morning.

The people seemed to be there for the show with Suria celebrities giving concerts and free giveaways, than shopping.

Suria Raya Karnival Traditional Malay Welcome Dance
As with every year, finding Wifey's dress will be the toughest challenge. The colour, the style, the cutting... women... nonetheless she wants to look her best for me. For that I am honoured.

Once found, we will then know what colour our family will be wearing for the year's visiting.

The next challenge will be to find our son's Baju Kurong. It will be tough to get the right colour that matches with Wifey's dress in his size... that has the same cutting as mine. I have the easiest choices available.

The perils of matching clothes for team Imran & Family.

After about an hour there, we unfortunately did not get a single thing that we like. That makes the hunt still on. This time will be at Geylang Serai Ramadhan Bazaar, next weekend.

Mission continues.

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