How to Get Into the Raya Mood 100% Even if You Are Away From Home
Updated: Jun 4, 2019
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It seems as if Ramadan just sped past us, and it is time to get ready for Raya already!
We know that festive season is a time to be home with family, feasting on your mum’s famous rendang and lemang, and enjoying all the kuih Raya packed into an array of jam jars together with your relatives while catching up.
However, we know there are many of you out there who might not be able to make it home for Raya this year. Be it work obligations, expensive travel fares, or even because your family members are all around the world and home just does not seem complete without EVERYONE; we know it can be quite a melancholy feeling to be away from home during Raya.
But chin up, my friends, don’t let this circumstance dampen your mood to celebrate Raya too much.
Here are some ways you can still get into the Raya Mood 100% (or at least 90%) despite being away from home.
1. Blast your favourite Raya songs
While driving through the insane traffic in urban places like KL during peak hours, instead of sulking and lamenting, groove to your favourite Raya songs.
Be it you are into festive classics from Datuk Sharifah Aini, or acoustic feely ones from Elizabeth Tan, we are pretty sure you have your own collection of Raya songs to get you into the festive mood.
If you don’t know where to start, here is a curated playlist on Spotify on the top Raya songs Malaysians enjoy: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3jPuh2vUHBlHk0gI4wulLu
2. Get yourself at least one pair of Baju Raya
Even though you are not able to be home for Raya, don’t stop yourself from getting nice Baju Raya to celebrate the occasion. Even if you are away from home, you can still color coordinate with your family, or if not, you can do it with your friends as well.
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If it is too last minute for you to drop by a tailor, you can get pretty awesome ready-made ones from online stores like Zalora or Fashion Valet, and still be in your best outfit to welcome this Raya.
3. Go to your friend’s Raya open house
What is the second-best thing you can have if you cannot celebrate Raya with your family members? Celebrating Raya with your close friends and their families!
When you are away from home, what you miss is that lively gathering of relatives all together around the dining table. So if you have friends who have invited you over, put on your Baju Raya and join them!
If you are shy to go empty-handed, you can bring some homemade goodies or even store-bought kuih raya to share. But trust me, as long as you bring that positive Raya mood with you along, you will be more than welcomed to celebrate this season with them.
4. Host your very own Raya Open House
Who says you can only have a Raya open house when you are home?
Take this year away from home to challenge yourself to host your own Raya open house and invite your loved ones over.
You can try cooking some of the classic Raya dishes like Lemang and Rendang, or if you like a little Indonesian twist, you can opt for Lontong and Ketupat. But if this seems to stressful for you, you can also cater food and prepare your own interesting drinks concoctions to impress your guests.
A simple Mirinda Orange & 7 Up (with a ratio of 1:2 portioning) mix can rev up the Raya feel with a refreshing twist as you celebrate the festivity with your guests.
5. Call your Family and Friends from Back Home
Ultimately, we know no matter how much Raya elements you can bring to wherever you are, your family is still the number one thing that makes Raya feel like Raya.
So don’t hesitate to pick up the phone, call or video call your family members during this season.
Not just your parents and siblings, but reach out to your relatives and friends as well. If you don’t know how to start a conversation, a playful Raya pick up line can be the way to go.
Here are some classic (and slighty cringe-worthy) ones you can use, especially if you are calling your equally cheesy friends:
Or if you prefer a more cheeky one:
But if these ones are too cliche, you can check out more inspiration with Etika’s Raya video and find a pickup line you can use this Raya!
P/S Do use it at your own risks though, we do not guarantee it will be well-received, especially by your potential jodoh’s parents.
So we hope these tips can help you get into the Raya mood even if you are not able to make it back home this year. If you are spending it away from home, do share with us what are your Raya plans!
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim friends! We hope you get to spend your Raya with your loved ones!
This post is in collaboration with Etika Malaysia , and for this Ramadan & Raya, they want to encourage Malaysians to celebrate togetherness with each other during this festive season.