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5 Things You Can Still Do To Make The Best Out Of This Raya

by Lee Xin Hui, Rachel. |

I know, I know, how potong stim, right? Not only is Bazaar Ramadhan cancelled this year - which is one of the things all Malaysians look forward to every year, we also have to spend such a festive season at our own respective homes. Of course, it’s the best for everyone to help fight this pandemic, but things just don’t look as exciting anymore.

Hey, chin up! Things may not be as bleak as they seem; although this Raya will be very different, don’t let that stop you from celebrating it to the fullest with your immediate family at home. Here’s what you can do to make the best out of this Raya:

1. Be creative with your Salam Perantauan (Raya greetings)!

While nothing beats meeting face to face and enjoying the presence of your relatives, there are other safer alternatives to make up for it! 

Go back to the basics with mailing handmade Raya cards, you can even loop in your family members and bond over your crafting sessions while you’re at it! If you’d like to go digital, you can also create your own personalised e-cards on sites such as Canva. Making your own greeting cards gives them more personalised touch to it and the receivers will definitely feel more appreciated.

If you’re not the artistic type, you can opt to record personalised Salam Perantauan greetings with your immediate family and compile them into a video to be sent to relatives and grandparents. Speaking of grandparents, we know they always prefer two-way conversations, so  schedule video calls on Zoom, Google Meets, etc. on Raya day so that they get to chat with their cucu-cucu cicit-cicit and celebrate Raya together virtually; it’ll make your grandparents’ day!

2. Raya OOTD & Virtual Family Portraits

Just because we’re not going out now it doesn’t mean we can’t dress up and look good, right? So put on the Raya makeup look you’ve been wanting to try, and rock that new Kebaya you just bought specially for this occasion. If you have yet to get anything for yourself, treat yourself with a baju raya at online shops such as Zalora while enjoying their exclusive sales with 40% off selected Raya specials! Still in the midst of sourcing inspiration for your Raya look? Here’s a list of homegrown brands you can check out for unique pieces, that way, you can look chic and #supportlocal at the same time.

Family portraits can still be done and if you want to be more ‘extra’; after all, this occasion probably wouldn’t happen again. During the video call, have your relatives pose in front of their camera, take a screenshot, and you’ll have yourself a Raya family portrait, courtesy of Zoom.

3. Juadah Raya can still be meaningful

True, it’s going to be different without your grandmothers and aunts fussing over the dishes with your mother in the kitchen; but we can still apply the tradition to cook with our immediate family members. Now is a good time to pick up a family recipe or two so you don’t have to eat Maggi everyday when you’re back to staying on your own after Raya.

For more variety, you can also exchange your home-cooked dishes with your neighbours. Sharing is caring, and especially during such a season, we need to care for one another more than ever.

Source: BristolLive

You can also surprise your friends and family with kuih-muih gift sets or your own home-cooked food via GrabExpress, Lala Move, etc. to show your appreciation (especially to those who are choosing to be home alone instead of going back to their hometown, they deserve extra love). If you wish to do so, check out Amazin’ Graze and other small businesses to support them during this trying time.

4. Virtual Raya packets & E-Zakat

In line with Hari Raya, our local banks now have an e-duit raya feature where you can send Raya money to your family and friends, click here to learn how to do so through Maybank. Additionally, you can also pay zakat online instead of over the counter to minimize and lower the risk of human contact.

If you’d like to send monetary aid to those in need, charities are open to accepting donations via online platforms and e-wallets as well. Learn how you can spread the love of this Raya with Boost and NGOhub.

5. Listening to Takbir Raya from home

Be it on the television, Internet platforms, or from nearby mosques, prayers will still be conducted despite social distancing is being practised. Together with your family, take this time to express gratitude as you fill your household with joy and blessings.

Source: Straits Times

Even when situations seem to be undesirable, let us all do our part in making a conscious effort to turn things around and make Raya 2020 a memorable, and most importantly, love-filled one.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim friends out there!

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