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.
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.
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.
Vespa scooters are also on display but these are the modern version. They are not just on display but for sale too.
Visitors to Suria KLCC is greeted with a giant ketupat with the twin towers in the background.
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.
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.
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.
With less than one week to the festivities, here’s wishing all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.