More Hari Raya wishes

We continue with more Hari Raya wishes today in the runup to Hari Raya Aidilfitri


By Jude Toyat

A time for reflection

Azrani Azmi @ Zack, 35, Radio DJ, Kuching

Azrani Azmi @ Zack, 35, Radio DJ


For Azrani Azmi, otherwise known as Zack, Hari Raya means “FOOD, LOTS OF GLORIOUS FOOD”, from lemang, rendang to curry.

In all seriousness though, he considers the celebration, apart from the merry making, as a time for reflection on what he learned during the fasting month and how to best apply those lessons throughout his life, case in point, his anger management.

“This year’s Hari Raya is a bit different for me, since this would be the first time celebrating it properly.” Previously, he explained, he would be away on vacation during the fasting month. “No more for this year.”

His favorite part about Hari Raya is catching up with old friends that can only come back to Kuching once a year from wherever they are.

“Also, the congregation of family members where I get to see the entire clan in full effect. Gatherings like these don’t happen much anymore since everyone is all grown up and has moved away, so Hari Raya is the perfect time to gather for me,” he added.

“I would like to wish everyone no matter where you are, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. May this festive season bring you much wealth, luck, health and happiness. Also, spread the joy a bit to those who are less fortunate. Do something for them, in whatever way you can. Have a good one guys.”


Strengthening relationships


DZ (right) with her nephew, fiance Rizal, DZ, and her niece during last year’s Hari Raya at her house.

DZ (right) with her nephew, fiance Rizal, and her niece during last year’s Hari Raya at her house.


Dzuraya ‘DZ’ Saida, 25, said, “Hari Raya is a day that gives me chance for family gatherings and meeting relatives from everywhere. It is a time where we call as a month of holy when we are suppose to do nice things and obey God’s command.

For the makeup artist from Kuantan, preparations for Hari Raya usually starts a week before the day.

“My mother will start baking ‘kuih raya’, preparing the house, and buying new clothes for the kids. Then, on the first day of Hari Raya, I will perform Raya prayer at the mosque in the morning, then ask for forgiveness from family and later on visiting our relatives.”

The first, second and third day of Hari Raya are always for the family and relatives while the rest is spent with friends, visiting open houses.

“For me, this is the best time for us to strengthen our relationships with one another, by paying visits to my relatives and friends, and my most memorable Raya moment would be when I was at the age of 16.; that was the last time I celebrated Raya with my late father and grandmother,” she said, adding that it was the sweetest memory that she wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

“I would like to wish Selamat Hari Raya to my mom Nurain bt Zakrie, my siblings, my fiancé, and my friends with lots of blessings and love to every one.”


More Hari Raya wishes tomorrow…


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