1 Syawal 1430 Hijriah has arrived finally.
Walking into the kitchen tonight, the sight of the following three things screams “Selamat Hari Raya!” to me.
Kelupis (rice sticks in Nyirik leaf) that’s just been freshly boiled. The quintessential celebration food of Brunei. The Kelupis are traditionally weaved together as in the picture for ease of lowering and lifting them in and out of the boiling water.
Fresh Ketupat or Rice cubes, another traditional food for celebrations. The fat and compact cousin of the long and slender Kelupis. Much like me and my relatives.
And finally, the Kuih Mor. Nothing like the powdered sugar-coated butter balls to signal the arrival of Syawal. These used to be available only during Raya, although you’ll easily find them in supermarkets all year round now. But somehow it doesn’t “taste” the same when consumed at any other time than during Raya.
Of course Raya being Raya, there are other foods that complete the picture. But to me, these three things are essential elements of my Raya. So we bid farewell to the blessed month of Ramadan for now, and welcome the month of forgiveness.
Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir & Batin.