Ramadhan is almost ending and Syawal is fast approaching. Most of our Kuih Raya (Raya cookies), purchased from here and there, are ready for guests. And this is my 100th Post! How time flies and how marvelous that my 100th post coincide with the coming Syawal celebration. ð
Last Friday, the whole family (including the kids) joined hands in polishing Mom’s brass home decor collection until they sparkle.Â It’s a Raya tradition that we wish to resume (after a hiatus of a couple of years) and maintain for during those hours, we reminisce on all the years that have gone by and laughed at each others’ jokes. Of course, there are other traditions, but this is the one that everybody can participate easily.
We prefer Brasso but couldn’t find it, so we had to use Autosol and it’s, emm…., different…
The gleaming finishes…
That’s our way. Other families would be weaving ketupat (rice dumpling wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch) or making dodol (sweet toffee-like confection), etc, but we polish the brass.Â Here’s a video on how to weave a ketupat :
I believe tradition helps to keep the family together and to teach our children some things about the past.Â Maintaining tradition is never easy, and should not be forced upon anybody, but should be enjoyed by all who are open to it.
As tomorrow is Raya, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone joy in the coming Syawal!
Neither the usual ketupat nor mosque, just a sweet bear with a flower and a happy wish for all… ð