As Hari Raya approaches next week, Malaysians will still be regulated under the conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) due to efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Restriction on interstate travels – including ‘balik kampung’ travel – still apply. However, as we continue to practise social distancing and embrace a new normal, a little creativity is all we need to keep up the festive spirit!
Give your house a makeover
This is one of the main must-do’s in preparation of Hari Raya. Even if you may not be expecting guests this year, it would still be a good idea to clean-up your house. Clear out old and stuff that you have not been using for the past 12 months, and decorate your home to give it a festive vibe! At least your living space will look good when you make a video call! De-clutter to make more space for comfortable living.
Shop for baju Raya online
As we continue to practise social distancing, shopping online is another alternative to avoid the crowds at public places. One useful tip though – do some research on the online shop before purchasing, read reviews or chat with the sellers to make sure they are trustworthy to avoid falling victim to online fraud.
Make your own Kuih Raya at home
Cannot go out to buy kuih Raya? Why not try making your own! Follow your family’s traditional recipe, or search for kuih Raya recipes online! Whether you are an amateur baker who prefers to do ‘beginner’s recipes’ or an expert looking for more innovative formulas, you’d be surprised at how satisfying it can be by making your own kuih at home. If you have the time to, make extras to give to your neighbours to honour the joy of giving during the festive season. You can always deliver your ‘Kuih Raya’ via deliveries services!
Send e-greeting cards via email or messaging apps
Not able to cross state borders to visit your relatives at their homes? You can always send them virtual Raya greetings via email or messaging apps! Better yet, send them physical Raya cards the traditional way via post! Just remember to plan ahead so that they will be able to receive the cards in time for Raya. Time to spruce up the way to communicate.
Video-chat your relatives during Hari Raya
If your relatives have smartphones and are on the main messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, or even Facebook, drop them a video call during Hari Raya! Connect with relatives from different locations via group video-chat on FaceTime, Zoom, Google Meet, Skype and many more video-conference platforms. Be virtually present at each others homes this Raya. The bonus is that you are able to attend multiple gatherings virtually without much hassle, within the safety and comfort of your home!.
Get food delivered to your doorstep
The truth is, the most anticipated element of every Ramadan and Hari Raya is the food. Since we are not able to socially gather or dine-in at restaurants during MCO, all festivities had to be celebrated indoors this year and many family traditions put on hold, like cooking a feast together with extended family members. However, you can always order food to be delivered to your doorstep via food delivery services! Wish your loved ones Hari Raya with a surprise order at their doorstep too!
The COVID-19 pandemic have undoubtedly turned our lives upside down. Although we have to practise social distancing regulations and be physically apart during Raya this year, our hearts are more united than ever. This Raya, explore new ways to enliven the festive mood! Ramadan Mubarak and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from all of us at Platinum Victory.
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