Thursday, December 20, 2007

Selamat Hari Raya Eidul Adha

Muslim Community Association (MCA) of San Jose have decided to hold this year's solat Eidul Adha at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It was good of them to do that as the MCA prayer areas are too small to 'house' the large number of muslims praying all at once. So they have to do two rounds of solat each time, - either for Juma'at or even for the Eids. Santa Clara Convention Center saw a multitude of muslims this Eidul Adha. I think the pictures below speak for them selves. As with every Raya day, I would be the one to 'move' everyone in my house. From the mandi sunat Raya...to solat sunat Hari Raya, and not forgetting the cooking!. I know they are all 'sunats'...well, not the cooking ( rasa nya 'wajib' tu.. he..he..). But to me those are the basics.. the must-haves for a Hari Raya... or Raya day. I remember when my elder sister, my younger brother and me were toddlers arwah Cikgu Zainal would wake us up early- early morning of Raya day and bathe us in COLD water! He would tell us to niat dalam hati mandi sunat raya kerana Allah Ta'ala. We didn't mind it at all sebab excited nak pakai baju baru, which he has crisply ironed and laid out for us. Oh ya, right before Cikgu Bastiah knows how to jahit baju, he was also our tailor! He sewed all of our baju kurungs and baju melayu. Senang jer dia buat, jahit macam 'baju kedah' with leher bulat.... kain & seluar semua pakai getah! That was our father - a very practical man! Langsir? huuh.. dia jugak yang jahit. Rumah kat kampung dulu-dulu used to have glass shutters and rumah we all had PLENTY of them. Cleaning those window shutters was really a chore! Life was 'better' for my two younger sisters as Cikgu Bastiah could then jahit baju and WE took over the bathing tasks! :-) Before Globe Silk Store was around my parents did all their shopping in Penang but after Globe became the 'in' thing for them, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman became their favourite spot! I think, that street holds plenty of memories for many..... I don't know about yours, my parents were always 'budgeting' and 'saving'... tahu saja la gaji cikgu back then! But because of them and their ways we always had 'just enough'. Tak berlebeh dan tak kekurangan... I could go on and on writing about my parents for there are so much to tell about them. But I think I'ld better not! My tears are now running faster than I could type..... sigh! I suppose each of us have our own sweet memories of our childhood Raya days and that of our parents. And I also think that we should create fond memories for our children too, then they would remember their Raya days like we do.. As for the solat sunat Raya, I appreciate it even more now that I am older... and living life overseas. And I assure you... there is no takbir Raya like the kind we do in Malaysia. Memang Syahdu...
That I missed the most! Tried to do it in the car on the way to the Convention Center but got no response from either my son or his father... sigh! Oh ya, my son is back for the holidays so I have him with us to celebrate Eidul Adha. Having him makes my cooking worthwhile... :) I believe food is a unifying agent. Jadi memasak la I the night before: nasi impit, kuah kacang, masak lemak lodeh, nasi minyak, kari daging, ayam masak merah and acar... sedap ke tak sedap belakang kira... he..he.. The areas around San Jose celebrated Eidul Adha this year on Dec 19th, which is a day after Arab Saudi declared 'wukuf'. There are also muslims from a few areas here who celebrated Eidul Adha on Friday Dec 21th; which is 10 days after the sighting of anak bulan Zulhijjah. And, Eidul Adha in Malaysia fell on Thursday Dec 20th! For whatever reason is beyond me..
Thank you to Haniza for bringing over her karaoke set which we belted on, just us anak beranak with Haniza and Kevin after all our other guests have gone back ...he..he..


Anis with Nana - anak Pak Mat .

The best part of Raya day was talking and seeing Cikgu Bastiah via the webcam... :)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

salam aidil adha.meriah jugak raya kat sana ye kak ainal.bila lagi nak datang sini??

Anonymous said...

salam aidil adha.meriah gak raya kat sane ye kak ainal...bila lagi nak ziarah kami kat sini??

maklong said...

Really glad to know my nieces and nephew raya sakan gak kat rantau orang. Well, nak kena make the better of whatever the situation is..I guess.I am so happy our parents istilled in us those 'sort of trivial' traditions like mandi sunat etc..bring more meaning to every raya. Now our children will know what to do pagi2 raya bef subuh....exciting rushing to mandi sunat takut nanti miss..

Ismaliza Muhammad said...

kak ainal....sorry dah lama tak contact akak kat sana...anyway ni blog saya....jengok2 laa...
www.ismasarah.blogspot.com.

zidnee 'ilman said...

Raya kat sini tak dak ziarah2 pun... just berkumpul at one place to meet everyone..but..no duit raya for your nieces and nephew..he..he..

CresceNet said...

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Anonymous said...

salaam ... amboi dondang sayang akak kita ....

zidnee 'ilman said...

Teringin jugak nak gi balik tengok Boston & DC.. insya Allah..bila2 senang.. :)

zidnee 'ilman said...

oops..I have no comment to Crescenet..No comprende espaniola..:(

zidnee 'ilman said...

karaoke boleh (kat rumah jer!).. main tenis kat WII boleh .. he..he..tunggu panas sikit boleh kita gi main tenis kat court pulak.. like maklong(my sis)said, "make better of whatever situation"..
HAPPY 2008!!

zidnee 'ilman said...

K.ainal dah jenguk blog Isma..waaah... seronok nyer kat Virginia.. rambut Sarah pun dah panjang! Makin besar makin manis..:-)
Selamat Ber- Blogging!

Zarina said...

Selamat hari raya aidil adha..kak ainal