Muslims in Malaysia will have to brace another different Eid this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government recently announced that visits during Eid, as well as both interstate and inter-district travels will not be permitted until June 7th. Therefore, those celebrating are unable to balik kampung, which was a usual practice before the pandemic.
Eid may be a tad gloomy this year, but you can still celebrate it with your loved-ones who are living in the same district.
Here, Tourism Selangor lists out 6 ways to make this year’s Eid memorable and joyful for you.
#1 Recite Eid Takbeer
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Eid should be celebrated with open arms to express gratitude to the Almighty.
Reciting the takbeer is a sunnah that can be performed with family members led by the head of the family at his respective house. Even if you are celebrating Eid at home, you can always get into the spirit by reciting takbeer with your loved ones!
#2 Perform Eid Prayer with Your Loved Ones
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We used to see colourful baju raya entering mosques early in the morning for Eid prayer but it is not the same this year.
Although some mosques are open, not all Muslims get the opportunity to perform Eid prayer in the mosque. But, don’t be sad - since it is a sunnah to perform Eid prayer, you can do so at home with your loved ones. After all, it is the intention that matters...
#3 Wear Your Best Baju Raya
It is a usual practise to put on new clothes on Eid.
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Even though Eid visits are not allowed this year, it shouldn’t stop you from wearing your baju raya. Eid is a joyous occasion; therefore, you should dress your best to elevate the spirit of Eid. Also, do not forget to seek forgiveness from your family members; either physical or virtual, and don’t forget to collect those duit raya if you’re single!
#4 EnjoyTasty Dish Synonym with Eid
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Food is definitely one of our favourite parts during this festive season.
Lemang, Ketupat and Rendang are among the best dishes that no one can resist, and a variety of kuih raya can enliven the Eid atmosphere. You may also enjoy a selection of Selangor’s traditional dishes such as Nasi Ambeng, Satay and Pecal.
Enjoy all the food and kuih while watching nostalgic movies from the comfort of your home. For more information on Selangor’s traditional dishes, log on to https://selangor.travel/the-state-of-selangor-a-home-to-gastronomical-delights/.
#5 Snap-Snap Raya Photos!
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While you’re looking smart in your baju raya; don’t forget to capture a lot of pictures for memories - It is always a thing to look forward to during Eid each year. Find the best spots in your house for family Eid photos with different fun poses, or simple screen-capture whilst you are video-calling on Eid!
#6 Dream Now, Travel Later
Due to both interstate and inter-district travel bans, the Eid ambience this year may be a tad gloomy to some.
However, this is the perfect time to “Dream Now, Travel Later”. Make the most of your free time by watching Tourism Selangor’s videos on its official YouTube channel such as #PusingSelangorDulu Campaign videos, VR and Aerial View Experience videos featuring nine of Selangor’s Districts, or simply browse Tourism Selangor’s official website at www.selangor.travel to attain some inspirations for your future travel plans to the state.
The celebration might feel different than usual; for two years in a row now, but it will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
Utilise virtual opportunities during MCO and connect with your relatives and friends through video calls. Stay safe during this festive season!
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, everyone!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat