2016 Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Syawal.  Muslims all over the world will be celebrating Aidil Fitri after a month of fasting.  Roads in the Klang Valley have been quite empty the past few days as city dwellers have travelled back to their hometowns to celebrate this special occasion with their families, friends and loved ones.

As in previous years, shopping malls have been putting up Raya decorations complete with stalls offering festive wares from clothing to food as well as decorative items.  This year, I managed to capture the colourful decorations in 4 malls.

With the theme ‘An Oasis of Wonder’, The Curve’s Centre Court has been transformed into a tranquil oasis with tents for shoppers to rest and relax.  Life sized palm trees and a classic Middle East building enhances the Arabian feel.

The Middle Eastern inspired oasis at The Curve

A brightly coloured tent in the middle of the oasis

The souk-like bazaar with colourful tents and bright shimmering Turkish mosaic lamps added to the festive mood.

Mosaic Turkish lamps hanging from the palm trees

An array of glittering Turkish mosaic lamps

Seindah Tradisi Semurni Aidil Fitri is Mid Valley Megamall’s theme.  The theme is inspired by the very traditional batik, textiles that are decorated with colourful motifs using hot wax-stamping process.

A very colourful Malay village, Mid Valley Megamall

The batik theme Raya decoration

Batik is present prominently in the traditional Malay village or kampung setting in the mall’s Centre Court.  The houses, the stalls, banana trees and the pit latrine (jamban) all feature batik!

A house with batik wall

A batik inspired pit latrine, anyone?

Batik and batik everywhere

At the East Atrium, it truly feels like a rural Malay village where villagers gather at a warung or stall to chit chat while enjoying a meal together.

A rural Malay village setting

Visitors to Suria KLCC is once again greeted with a giant ketupat at the KLCC EsplanadeThis year it’s even taller.  Standing at 21 metres, it has been certified to the tallest ketupat by Malaysian Book of Records.

The record breaking giant ketupat, Suria KLCC

Towers of oil lamps

At the concourse, a traditional orchard village or kampung is on display.  The house is surrounded with fruit trees such as rose apples and mangosteen.  Fruit baskets filled with harvest from the orchard are in the compound and under the house.

Fruit trees surrounding a Malay house

Harvests from the orchard

The Northern style Malay house comes with furniture while underneath, one can see a laundry line and an old bicycle.

A raised Northern style Malay house

Pavilion once again differentiates itself with its ‘Laman Idaman’.  The garden of traditions is set against a lighted arch complete with a giant TV screen.  Traditional elements associated with the festival such as ketupat and pelita or oil lamps are illuminated with LED lights to dazzle shoppers.

Step into Laman Idaman, Pavilion KL

The illuminated garden of traditions

Surprisingly missing are stalls plying festive wares!  Instead a booth is set up by Media Prima to collect donations, cash or in kind in support of an orphanage in Rawang.

Bright colourful pelita or oil lamps

Ketupat, a must have food during Raya

The traditional wau

Hisbiscus, Malaysia’s national flower

Last but not least, Salam Aidil Fitri to all who are celebrating and Happy Holidays to all.

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