Aidil Adha 1430

Salam Aidil Adha, everyone!

Aidil Adha is the less-celebrated of the two Rayas in Brunei; perhaps because people feel rather dissociated with the Hajj event in Makkah, and they think only the pilgrims ‘feel’ this celebration of ultimate sacrifice, while others back home here don’t really.

But for as long as I can remember (perhaps since 1981?, when my dad first naik Haji), we’ve always celebrated Aidil Adha at home, beginning with Betakbir on the eve of Adha, cucul lights on, and an ‘openhouse’ in the morning after mass Adha prayers. So practically everyone from the mosque is welcome to our home for a bit of ‘breakfast’.

On the menu today was Nasi Briyani.

We also had Soto, a switch from the usual Satay. So, not a stick of Satay or Kelupis, or even Lemang, but the Soto was good and popular too.

Traditional favourites Cucur Nakan (Tibadak), Pulut Panggang and Karipap (Curry puff) were also offered.

Now, this was the first time I had Karipap with orange sweet potato filling. Its natural sweetness really complemented the spicy curry, and was absolutely delicious.

But, what’s Raya without cakes and biscuits? So there was the usual fare…

And of course fruit, Langsat and Satsumas.

The whole idea of the big feast is done in the name of sedakah as we’ve been taught that feeding people is a deed. It is also a great chance to reacquaint with friends and family we wouldn’t otherwise see. It’s a chance to reconnect with our roots, even if it’s just for one morning. The food is just a bonus. The embrace of family and friends is for keeps.

Selamat Hari Raya everyone, Maaf Zahir dan Batin!

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