A Hari Raya Again


Hari Raya has never meant much to me, at least for the past four years or more. This is because Hari Raya meant the constant quarrels over where to celebrate and when; then in 2007, I found myself celebrating Hari Raya alone. In 2008, only my eldest daughter was with me on Hari Raya. The following year was more meaningful as I had remarried and celebrating with someone who truly loves you meant everything. Somehow, in the midst of the joy of Hari Raya, my thoughts went to my children who were not celebrating the auspicious day with me.

And this year, they are. It feels good to be able to hear their voice again in the morning. It feels good to know that they will all be with us this Hari Raya.

Selamat Hari Raya, people, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever race and religion you are.

The wife and kids breaking fast together on the penultimate day of fasting

The kids playing sparklers together

Mother and daughter doing groceries together

4 Replies to “A Hari Raya Again”

  1. Happy Hari Raya to you and your family. I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to be spending this raya with your parents. 🙂 And of course your lovely children as well.

    Don’t let my sister eat too much! :p

    1. Thank you. I am so happy that your sister can now safely tell people that she’s been spending Hari Raya with her in-laws rather than just in Batu Pahat.

      I only have one wish left…to be able to have that sister of mine in Okayama spend her Hari Raya here

  2. insyaAllah SD, nanti balik la org itu, walau pun mungkin raya dah habis, meraikan dia yg balik tu pun mesti dah mcm raya. eerr…kalau korang beraya lagi masa tu, hehe…kita pun nak join gak, bleyyy? 😉

  3. I was too busy to comment during Raya 🙂

    I had a good one with you and the kids, and wish for lots more Rayas together in future.

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