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When the takbir is heard echoing from far, we can immediately see smiles on the faces of everybody. That marks the end of one month of fasting during Ramadan, and Syawal is knocking on the door, ready to be celebrated. Eid Day, or commonly known as Hari Raya comes once per year and is a day where families and friends get together and celebrate with various types of traditional delicacies after a full month of fasting in Ramadhan.

For first-timers to Malaysia, you might be wondering what to do on Eid Day. Well, read on to know how Malaysians celebrate the day and the iconic things not to miss during Hari Raya.

It’s a common thing for fellow Malaysians to invite friends, neighbours, even strangers to their houses to celebrate together, especially on the first day – this is in the spirit of the Malaysian Open House. It’s a great way to try out the typical Hari Raya dishes and join in the fun. Keep an eye out for Open House invitations by some popular local personalities, Government agencies, and even the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Rendang, Ketupat and satay are the signature dishes of Hari Raya. It would not be Hari Raya without these dishes. Rendang is a spicy meat dish made from meat, coconut milk, chili, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, turmeric and onion (shallot). Each state will have a slightly different version of the recipe (and claim theirs to be the best!). For example, chicken Rendang from Negeri Sembilan would look and taste differently from chicken Rendang made in Kedah.

Ketupat is a type of dumpling made out of rice packed inside a diamond-shaped pouch of woven palm leaves eaten with a thick and spicy roasted peanut gravy. You can also eat ketupat with rendang.

Another type of ketupat is made with starchy glutinous rice wrapped in daun palas into a triangle shape. These are usually found in the northern region of Malaysia.

Satay is a seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with Kuah Kacang. It is eaten on sticks and served hot right after being grilled, garnished with ketupat, cucumbers and onions.

Every household celebrating Hari Raya will definitely have some Kuih Raya to serve the guests. There are a variety of Kuih Raya and snacks, but all are bite-sized sweet delights. Our favourites are the pineapple tarts and London almonds!

Cakes are also served on this day to sweeten the celebration. There are a few signature Hari Raya cakes that are so special, they only make an appearance on the day of celebration.

Kek Lapis or Layered Cake is also typically served during Hari Raya. It is especially popular in Sarawak where a whole table is often dedicated to displaying all the different and colourful varieties.

Also famous in Sarawak is the black-as-soot steamed Hati Parek cake made of black raisins, caramelised brown sugar and lots of eggs.

It’s habitual for Malaysians to celebrate Hari Raya with one of the most compulsory things: fireworks. Don’t be surprised to hear fireworks going off or see them in the sky, it’s a sign that Hari Raya will be tomorrow. As for kids, you will see them lighting up sparklers, ground spinners, rocket-style Thunderclaps and others to welcome the celebration.

What is celebrating Hari Raya without wearing new clothes? For Malays, we have our own traditional clothing worn during Hari Raya, which is Baju Melayu (for men) and Baju Kurung (for women). You can find these two traditional clothings in many different colours and designs. Visit shopping malls during the month before Hari Raya and you will see all the trendy designs. If you wait right till the last day of Ramadan to shop for your clothes, you may even get them at deep discounts.

Hari Raya is a great time to head down to the nearest shopping centre and witness the most amazing mall decorations. Shining lights, decorative walls and attractive scenery will get you in the festive mood! In fact, the malls in Malaysia will often try to out-do each other with their mall decorations and festive activities so shopping in Malaysia is definitely not dull!

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Baju kurung still a renouned choice for many

Baju Kurung

The Baju Kurung is really gentle and can be stylish if we know how to lift it off.

If you’re looking during a choice of normal Malay dresses, your shortlist would roughly positively have a common baju kurung. It’s versatile, suitable for a gratifying seasons, during grave functions or even as bureau attire.

The dress is meant to be ragged loosely and is rather regressive looking. Still, it has a possess special characteristics, that represents beauty and tradition for a Malays.

According to conform consultant Salikin Sidek, notwithstanding being branded ‘old fashion’ and conservative, a baju kurung is still popular.

“Baju kurung will always sojourn renouned even yet it’s viewed as ‘outdated’ by some’,” pronounced a eminent conform engineer who is famous for being a champion of normal Malay dresses such as a baju kurung and baju kebaya.

“It’s really gentle and can be stylish if we know how to lift it off with a right accessories like a selendang and brooches.”

According to Salikin, a standard baju kurung is ragged with a sarong. This sarong can be tied in a character famous as a “ikatan ombak mengalun” where a tangle is tied during one side of a sarong, possibly on a right or left depending on a wearer’s convenience.

“This character is elite given it’s some-more unsentimental and easy for walking when we take large strides.

“Those days, a encampment women will have a “kain kelubung” to cover their heads as they leave their houses. This is a arrange of head-cover to shade from a blazing object or it’s simply used as a shawl,” explained Salikin.

Sometimes, a sarong is used in a form of “kain berdagang luar” where a sarong, tied during waist level, is ragged over a baju kurung. This sarong is customarily done of kain telepok, songket, gerus or kain batik.

Elegant Baju Kebaya

Another renouned normal Malay dress is a kebaya, which, graphic a baju kurung, is a figure-hugging dress.

The materials used are mostly done of lace, and is heavily embroidered. It is routinely ragged with a batik sarong, a tight-fitting prolonged dress that has a cut in front; a plain prolonged skirt; or a hang around.

However, a kebaya has been revolutionised, and is some-more versatile these days. The younger era is wearing kebaya tops with flared skirts, jeans, palazzo pants or pareo, while a kebaya itself is ragged like a lax tip with a chemise inside.

“Unlike baju kurung, kebaya looks some-more alluring and elegant. The outfit looks some-more friendly if we mix it with a prolonged selendang. However, not many Malaysian women will opt for kebaya generally those who are unwavering about their figure.

Baju Kebaya

The kebaya, graphic a baju kurung, is a figure-hugging dress.

“You need a small bit some-more certainty to lift off baju kebaya compared to baju kurung,” pronounced Salikin who has dual boutiques in Ampang Park and SACC Mall in Shah Alam.

Whichever form of normal garments we select to wear, Salikin’s recommendation is to wear it elegantly with a right accessories.

“The accessories will raise a dress and will make we some-more stylish. But if we dress it down afterwards a whole aura is gone,” pronounced Salikin who has been conceptualizing all kinds of normal costumes for weddings and unchanging customers.

Types of Traditional Malay Attire

Baju Kurung Teluk Belanga

Baju kurung is a normal clothes for Malay women in Malaysia. This loose-fitting knee-length relaxed baju kurung is ragged with a sarung. Normally sarung is ragged for infrequent wear during home.

The Teluk Belanga has a standard neckline with no collar, stitched in a ‘tulang belut or a ‘mata lalat’ style. As a name suggests, this baju kurung hails from Teluk Belanga, a island of Singapore, that was formerly a collateral state of Johor.

Baju Kurung Songket

Baju kurung done of songket.

Baju Kurung Cekak Musang

This character of baju kurung has a stylish Mandarin-inspired collar or Cekak Musang. The distinguished collar comes with 5 buttons including dual buttons for a collar.

This form of Baju Kurung used to be done of velvet with relating songket. It is mostly ornate with jewelleries and is customarily custom-made generally for normal Malay weddings.

Modern Baju Kurung

This is a latest and complicated proceed to baju kurung. Even a complicated baju kurung has developed with time. It is shorter, shapelier and ragged with a prolonged dress and comes in several designs.

Unlike a standard baju kurung, kurung complicated tip has no pesak. Instead, it’s transposed by zip and darts while a bottom can be a prolonged skirt, A-line skirt, pareo or charmer skirt.

This bottom dress also comes in opposite styles like wrapped, pleated, with or though slit. While a cut can take about 2 feet prolonged possibly in front, during a side, a behind or with only dual flaps during a back.

The complicated baju kurung has developed so many that it comes in many forms. You can see complicated baju kurung in all kinds of fabrics from satin, songket, chequered, polka dots, geometric patterns, batik, pastel shades and sharp-witted colors.

Kebarung or Kebaya Kurung

This is a choice baju kurung for those who wish to wear something different. It is a multiple of a baju kebaya and a baju kurung. It is lax and roughly reaches a ankles and it is not one of a normal garments of a Malay.

The ‘Kebaya Kurung’ has a kebaya cut with prolonged sleeves and fixed during a front regulating cumulative brooches. It gives out a gentle opinion on a whole. Women who are discreet of their figure will opt for this character as it offers limit comfort and is equally appealing.

Kebaya Labuh or Kebaya Panjang

This character of kebaya looks accurately like a brief kebaya though it is longer customarily next a knees and ragged over a sarung. History has it that a Portuguese women wore this prolonged propitious kebaya in 16th century maybe being shabby by a women in Sumatra, in North Western Indonesia.

Some contend a Chinese heavily influences this garments given a open-fronted long-sleeved tunic reminds one of a dresses ragged by women of a Ming Dynasty. Then there is another theory, that pronounced that a Arabs shabby this smashing kebaya given of a rising change of Islam.

The Kebaya Nyonya

The Nyonyas or a Peranakan village mostly wears this alluring Nyonya Kebaya.

This garments has gradually remade it into a shapely, festooned blouse, fixed with a set of cumulative brooches and ragged with a relating hand-drawn batik sarong and beaded slippers.

This graphic Kebaya Nyonya with a perplexing and pleasing elaboration is a outcome of a Nyonyas of inter-marriage Chinese-Malay descendants in a straits of Melaka.

Baju Kurung Kedah

Baju Melayu, Baju Kurung

The Baju Kurung and Baju Melayu.

This is a brief blouse with a baju kurung neckline and a three-quarter sleeves. It is gentle and unsentimental as we can pierce around simply given of a unsentimental and hassle-free design.

It is ragged with prolonged dress or batik sarung or a kain pelikat tied to a front with a grand design infront. Those days, many married Malay women would wear this attire.

Baju Melayu

While a Malay women opt for Baju Kurung, a Malay group wear Baju Melayu. This shirt-like normal outfit is divided into 3 parts. The initial is a prolonged sleeved shirt-like fixed together by studs called butang or kancing.

The studs customarily done of opposite forms of butang from a normal ones to gold, silver, changed or semi-precious stones. The studs might also be connected with a light steel chain, roughly string-like, that will be secluded behind a shirt.

The collar looks like a unbending Mandarin collar famous as a Cekak Musang. The second partial is a trousers. These dual tools are mostly done out of a same form of fabric.

The third is a kain samping, a skirt-type adornment, that is folded around a waist. This kain samping is done of kain tenun, kain songket or simply kain pelikat. To completeson a whole attire, baju Melayu is mostly ragged with a headgear called songkok. – By ZIEMAN


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