The Conditional Movement Order (CMCO) is lingering on until 9 June as declared by the Malaysian Government. During the period, a major festive occasion is on the horizon, the Raya occasion on the 24 – 25 May. This MCO has certainly changed the way we do many things, including how we celebrate festive occasions.
The people of the Islamic faith in the world are currently observing the month of Ramadan. After the Ramadan is up, they will celebrate the ‘Syawal’ or as the locals call it Raya. Despite further easing of the movement control order (MCO), Muslims in Malaysia are preparing for a quiet celebration at home, foregoing the usual going back to hometowns tradition.
However, it doesn’t make it any less meaningful. While it may be challenging to adapt to the new normal of staying at home. There are several things that you can do to lighten up the mood. Here are some tips on how you can make this festive occasion a little rewarding.
Support those in need during tough times: it is advisable to help through donations and charity work while empathizing with others. Support people in need via NGOs with food, clothing and essentials.
Sending your well wishes: One way to bridge the gap for your loved ones far and near is by sending them well wishes. Well wishes can come in the form of home cooked meals, food stuff you buy or cash.
With normal festive occasions,food and gatherings are always the main focus. Even with social distancing in practice we are still able to share or participate in these activities with your loved ones, especially in this era where everyone can be connected digitally.
Another creative thing to do during this partial lockdown is to deco your home and do a little photoshoot, especially for the festive occasion. You might want to dress up and put on your traditional robes for the photoshoot, too.
Lastly, the festive season is also about gifts. But, you might want to consider e-gift cards or online shopping platforms to send gifts to your designated recipients, during this partial lockdown.
myTukar would like to take this opportunity to wish our Muslim friends a blessed Ramadan and a joyous Aidilfitri.