Syawal this year is quite a special one. The first year I am celebrating Eid as a teacher. Honestly, it’s a whole new feeling to celebrate this blessed season as a teacher in comparison to me being a banker for the last 2 years and also Microbiology students 3 years before that. That’s what is the most unique thing about life. The canvas with unpredictable colors (,”).
My not-really-a-baju-raya Makkah Robe @ 1st day raya.
As opposed to the Raya last year where I only got 3 days for Raya holidays, this year I am having a one full-week holidays. I am still trying to adjust myself with this new career which compensates the hectic-and-loads-of-responsibilities in form of ‘guaranteed holidays!’ When I used to work in a bank, I was entitled for 26 days per annum; but now altogether, fixed holidays alone are 70++ days and excluding the 30 days emergency leaves per annum (if I am not mistaken! Still haven’t gone through the induction course yet). Nonetheless, what’s important is that I am comfortable with the new life as a teacher despite the cynical typical public impression. Being a teacher means I am playing with my strengths, rather than stuck in the bank where I had limited access to experiment with my strengths; only to dwell with the mediocre capability- coupled with lack of passion. Alhamdulillah, so far!
At Kampung Padang, Jitra.
Like previous years, my family always have lots of get-together during Eid. During the First Raya, Chu ‘Aq came to my house bringing his enormous entourage of sons and daughters hailed from KL. We then went to Mak Caq‘s house in Alor Star. That evening I went to Kord‘s Open House at Changloon and he took me around UUM compounds which was like so nearby of his house. It was nice to see the real authentic ‘kampung’ in Changloon and to Pak Cik Omar’s Open House at night. With briyani and satays and asam laksa, it was a very interesting Raya to begin with!
The gathering at Aloq Staq.
On the Second Raya, we organized a get-together at my Tok’s house at Kampung Padang, Jitra. Mak Caq’s entourage from Lumut and Alor Star came to Jitra and you can imagined how congested the house was with Mak Caq’s and Chu ‘Aq respective entourages! But it was definitely something to be cherished. It’s all family affairs (,”). On the Third Raya, we had a get-together at Mak Caq’s residence in Alor Star; with Nasi Daging as the main menu! Kakak, Abg Zam and Rifqi came back from Pahang on that evening. Yesterday on the Fourth Raya, Mak cooked for entourages of relatives from Penang (Ayah’s side); My Mak Ngah Nah came with her entourages as well as Pak Long Mie (Ayah’s cousin) with his family. It was indeed a nice familial event and a rare chance to update what’s-hot-and-not in each other. After all, we are from the same blood and lineage; we are family, aite? And after that met up with Aris and his family at Darulaman Lake (squeezed time)!
Family Gathering at Taman Suria, Jitra.
Honestly, the Raya customs and get-together will be continued I guess for this one whole month of Syawal. Only today, I can just be in the tranquil state and give myself a chance to be alone. Quality time for myself; well, after watching Milla Jovovich‘s thriller “A Perfect Getaway” at Jitra Mall with Kord just now, nonetheless and also a Raya visit by one of my best buddy Syafique Ghause who is so ever glowing lately. I am just so happy for him although there was an emotional scene (,”).
On whole, I would like to wish everyone a blessed Eid. Maaf Zahir dan Batin. (<“).