2015 Hari Raya

Time really flies and the holy month of Ramadan is upon us once more.  Muslims have been practicing one of the 5 pillars of Islam, fasting for close to 4 weeks now.  With the current hot and dry weather in Malaysia, it’s really testing the faith and willpower of the faithful.

Well, the good news is Malaysians can seek respite from the hot weather in the many air-conditioned shopping malls especially during the weekends :).  While shopping for Raya clothes and goodies, one can also feast their eyes on the Raya decorations put up at the malls.

1 Utama Shopping Centre transformed its Centre Court into a kampung or Malay village setting in the 70s.  To give visitors a more authentic experience, the floor is even covered with real soil and grass.  They even put up wakaf, wooden electric poles, colourful low chairs, vintage bicycles and knick knacks.

Malay village at 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Vintage bicycle complete with a baby chair made from rattan brought back memories from the past

A penghulu house surrounded by pots of plants and bougainvillea flowers is the main structure in the village.  The house is also equipped with a fully functioning kitchen sponsored by Belling for the live cooking demo by Malaysian chefs.

The penghulu house surrounded by potted plants and flowers

Kiosks here sell mainly food and food related stuff from traditional dishes such as rendang, lemang, serunding, kuih bahulu to cooking mix and paste and even kitchen appliances.  Perhaps this is in conjunction with its ‘makan village’ theme.

Kiosks selling kitchenware & appliances were also set up this year

Dodol anyone?

Vespa scooters are also on display but these are the modern version.  They are not just on display but for sale too.

A modern Vespa scooter for display as well as for sales

Visitors to Suria KLCC is greeted with a giant ketupat with the twin towers in the background.

Malay culture and tradition on display

Themed ‘Warisan Raya’, traditional kampong ambience is on display at the concourse of the shopping mall.

A family wearing traditional Malay clothes are busy making preparation to celebrate the end of the fasting month – Mom and son arranging cookies for guests, Dad making wau or kites and 2 ladies are preparing dodol.

A Malay family is busy preparing to celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

An electric ‘oil lamp’ or pelita to add more festivity for the celebration

Stalls selling Raya related items surround the wooden house.

Pavilion’s ‘Sinar Seri Aidilfitri’ set to dazzle shoppers with the traditional pelita and thousands twinkling lights.

Giant oil lamps at the main entrance to Pavilion

A canopy of twinkling lights leading towards the Centre Court

To reach the bustling bazaar, shoppers have to walk down a flight of green mosaic tile like stairs.

The Middle Eastern feel bazaar is set amidst lighted palm trees and a canopy of shimmering lights where shoppers can find traditional souvenirs, songket and Raya clothing and home decoration items.

The bustling bazaar

Colourful lamps to light up the home

With less than one week to the festivities, here’s wishing all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.


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