Tuesday 27 June 2017

A Hari Raya - enhanced by Singaporeans

Selamat Hari Raya, - Kampung Abu Kassim, Pasir Panjang, Singapore 1949.

Abah made the Hari Raya banner and the two stars for his 4 children's Hari Raya.  Very much a DIY man and coming from a background of the traditional Malay who engages in carpentry he must have enjoyed doing this for each Hari Raya.

As for the family's Hari Raya guests, they all posed for photographs in their best Hari Raya garments.

L to R : Mak and her youngest Akim,  Abah and son number one, Mus, Cik Ayik and family.  I think Pacik Mat was taking the picture.

Sixty-eight years later in 2017, Ash had a re-run of those Hari Rayas of long, long ago.  Four Singaporeans (a Peranakan, an Indian, a Chinese and a Malay) and Ummu an Indonesian (Lely's maid) made the long arduous  journey from Bukit Panjang to Setiawangsa on the first day of Hari Raya.  It was all made possible by Jailani, making his  first solo drive from an island  in the south to halfway up the Peninsula.

Bless you Jai for bringing together Miss Hamid and spouse with her former students on this auspicious day   A very heart felt thank you from me and my sister and brother for this : when you  menziarah my father's and brother's  grave on Hari Raya before you left for Kuala Lumpur (although you do this not only for Hari Raya).

Pusara Abadi , Singapore.

An old teacher's Hari Raya.

I do feel I'm the most privileged teacher on this planet when these 'kids' of mine turn up to revisit the old ogre, their Miss Hamid

L to R: Irene, Lely and their classmate from JSS days.  Din will always find the time to meet up with his old friends whenever they turn up in KL.  
(Ummu is sorting out the washing-up in the background - she also met up with her aunt and family who work in KL)

Then there's Jai who made it all happen and ....

L to R: Osman(a KLite),  Jai,  the spouse and Veera.  A mini-UN made up of an Arab,  a Malay native from Singapore, an Anglo-Scots, and a Singaporean Indian.

What more could AsH want  for this Hari Raya and for all of 2017 - Bless you all kiddos!

Finally, to all my readers, friends and kindred spirits ..... Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir dan Bathin.

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