Traditionally, Hari Raya is regarded as a time of gathering for Muslims, who would open the doors of their homes to all people, regardless of religion, race, and background.
This year, however, many Malaysians may have to celebrate Hari Raya alone or away from home due to the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO), enforced by the Malaysian Ministry of Health to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Walking down memory lane during the years before the Covid-19 outbreak, we will reminisce the bittersweet memories that we might have taken things for granted, especially the memory of going back to our hometowns, or “balik kampung” during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration. The long drives and the traffic jams that the adults used to sigh and complain about, are now the things that we miss. With the interstate travel ban still in place, most likely till after Raya, many Malaysians are saddened at the thought of not being able to see their families, once again on this special day, after missing out on the celebration last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Though it may seem disheartening at first, being by yourself on a special day like Raya may not be the worst thing in the world because there’s still a ton of little blessings in life that we can be thankful for, which includes your family, friends, loved ones, and your health. To get you in the mood for Raya, here are some exciting things you can do to recreate the Raya feel without balik kampung this time around (and still have a great time!):