Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Raya in Bristol

This year my family celebrated Eid ul-Fitr for the first time in Bristol.  Well, we did get the chance to experience  raya in Bristol last year because we came to Bristol three days after Eid, but I was still curious of how it would feel on the first day of Eid.  Well, Raya is Raya :)!

On the eve of Eid, there was the preparation of food for the next day.  The only difference was instead of my mom, I was the one slaving in the kitchen... huhuhu!  My family's juadah wajib was the Rendang Cili Api Pilahdelphia eaten with nasi impit (rice cubes) and lemang.  Thanks to the microwave, making lemang could not have been easier :)!

On the morning of Eid, after asking for forgiveness among family members, we rushed for the Eid gathering.  The only difference was, instead of having our family and relatives with us, we have the Malaysian Community of Bristol (MCB) to bond with.  So, there was the Aidil Fitri prayers, feast and photography sessions - just like in Malaysia :)

Next came the jalan raya @ open-houses.  Open house is a unique concept only practised in Malaysia.  During festivals such as Eid, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas, Malaysians often 'open' their houses to family, friends and strangers even, to join in the celebration and enjoy the food. 

In Bristol, we not only attended a few open-houses but also got to organize one!  (watch the vid :D)

So, this year it was satay as usual for my family.  Only difference was it was not ordered in bulk from the restaurant but we (org Kg. Filton) made them ourselves!  Wow!  Being overseas did bring out the best in us... hehehe!

Yes, we do missed our loved ones back home.  Thanks to Skype, we got to share our joy with them :).

Raya in Bristol was not so bad after all :).

Hanya kad pengganti diri...


3yearshousewife said...

Raya kat Bristol happening apa...I loved my every single raya there.

Koonch said...

Tak sangka... Penat layan raya kat Bristol. Raya sebulan!! :)