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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr Al Mubarak to all muslims. After fasting about a month in Ramadan, it’s now a time to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. This is my first time celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr as an expatriate at Finland. In my culture, usually we celebrate this event with family. This is the time we meet each other of the family member after a year of busy day. We will eat, chatting and laughing since there is a lot of story to tell and share.  It’s a sweet moments to spend your time with your family. Oh now, by remember the moment make me missed my family back there at Malaysia.

The celebration will be start at the last day of Ramadan. We will busy preparing the special foods for iftar and the next morning to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr. In the morning, everyone will wear the beautiful new attire and getting ready to go to Mosque to do Eid-ul-Fitr salat. After that, we will get together to apologize each other’s and get forgiven for any wrong we have done. This moment is very touching and some will cry. It starts with the oldest siblings and continues with other siblings to shaking hands with each parent and seeks for forgiveness.

Everyone seeks for forgiveness.

For kids, it’s time for them to learn. Usually they only shake hands and say Happy Eid-ul-Fitr and say sorry. If you are working and have your own money and over 18 years old, you have to give them ‘angpau’ or ‘duit raya’. Kids will be happy to get the ‘duit raya’ and keep collecting it while greet everyone to get it. If someone doesn’t give the ‘duit raya’, they will ask for it. After everyone seeks for forgiveness, everyone will get together at the table to eat.

My sister in baju kebaya songket and ketupat.

Since this is my first time celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr as an expatriate at Finland, I have to cooked by myself. It's not easy to find all the ingredient that I wanted but still I make it happen. To get all the ingredient, I went to Asian market at Hakaniemi, Helsinki, Finland. For the 'ketupat' or 'nasi impit', there is no coconut leaves to make the 'ketupat' and there is no ready made 'nasi impit' was sell here. So, I have to find the plastic that can hold temperature up to 110 degree Celsius and DIY it myself. Usually in Malaysia, we will cooked all the foods the night before. But since it was Sunday and I don't want to make some noise that will disturb my neighbors, I have to cooked at 7am in the morning. Here are some of the foods that I prepared for the celebration at Finland:

Menu for Eid-ul-fitr.
Ketupat or Nasi Impit.
Kuah Kacang or Sambal Kacang.
Masak Lodeh or Kuah Lontong
Sambal Goreng Jawa.
Cucur Udang and Thai Sauce for desert.

I remember back there in Malaysia, after celebrate the first day of Eid at our home in Shah Alam, Selangor. We will get ready for packing and leave to go to our village at Johor. There we will meet our cousins and other family members which we only visit once a year. It’s our culture to visit other family house during Eid celebration. Usually, we will spend about 3-5 days at our village to visits others. We will go house to house in one day from morning till night. Sometime, there about 10 houses in one day we visit. Each house we visit, the house owner will prepare foods and drinks for us and we chat while eating the foods. Oh, I missed those moments.

Home village.
Walking to visit other house.
Getting ready with baju kurung to visit other houses.
A lot of foods and drinks on the table prepared by the house owner.
I missed this beautiful views at my village.