THIS Hari Raya will be a special occasion for the newlyweds as they celebrate the festive season with their new families.
While most new brides will be going to their husbands’ hometown for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, some grooms do choose to go back to their wives’ hometowns to celebrate the occasion in a traditional kampung setting.
One such couple is Sara Syahrain Abdul Malik and Muhammad Rushdi Mohd Razif, both 26, who got married last November. They have opted to go back to Sara’s hometown in Malacca this Raya.
“I did not celebrate Raya last year because I was working in the United Kingdom, so we decided it was only fair that we celebrate it in my hometown this year,” said Sara, a doctor.
She said that even though her grandmother had passed away a few years ago, her family still made it a point to gather at her grandmother’s house for the celebration.
“We would cook the Raya dishes gotong-royong style and it is something that I have missed,” said Sara.
Rushdi said that he was eager to go back to his wife’s kampung as he had previously always celebrated Hari Raya at his family’s house in Shah Alam.
“It will definitely be different and I am looking forward to it,” he said.
The couple is also looking forward to celebrating the festive season as husband and wife for the first time.
“We were in a long-distance relationship for a few years, so this Hari Raya will be meaningful for us as we are finally able to celebrate it together,” said Sara.
Meanwhile, Sofia Mohd and Zuhaidi Mohd Zubir have also decided to celebrate Hari Raya in Sofia’s kampung in Negri Sembilan.
“My hometown is Rawang and I have never celebrated Hari Raya in a traditional kampung before, so I am really looking forward to going to my wife’s hometown,” said Zuhaidi.
He thinks the celebration may be more festive in the village, compared to the celebration in Rawang.
“In the town, we will normally buy the lemang and ketupat, but over at my wife’s kampung, they usually make those must-have festive foods themselves,” said Zuhaidi.
Sofia said they did not prepare a lot this Hari Raya and did not buy new attire.
“We spent a lot on our wedding three months ago, so this Hari Raya celebration will be a very simple one for us,” she said, adding that she was looking forward to Raya morning where it was a tradition to seek one another’s forgiveness for any hurtful word or deed.
This Raya is even more exciting as the couple is now expecting.
“Even though I am feeling nauseous and tired, I am still looking forward to celebrating Hari Raya,” she said.
Syaidatul Amilyn Shamsudin, on the other hand, will be making the journey to her husband Muhammad Shafiq Mohd Ikram’s hometown in Sabak Bernam, Selangor.
Syaidatul said she was excited to celebrate Hari Raya for the first time as a wife and in her husband’s kampung.
“This will be my first time not being with my family on the first day of Hari Raya, but I am looking forward to celebrating it with my new family,” she said.
She admitted that she would be missing the signature Hari Raya food back in her hometown in Kota Baru, Kelantan.
“In Kelantan, we would eat nasi dagang on the morning of Hari Raya, but it is different at my husband’s hometown where they eat nasi impit instead,” she said.
Syaidatul said that she and her husband would be wearing white on the first day of Aidilfitri.
“As we just got married about two months ago, we are still in the honeymoon period so we decided to wear white,” said the 26-year-old.
The couple will be driving to Kota Baru on the second day of Raya.
Syaidatul jokingly said that now her husband could help chip in for the duit raya she gave her nieces and nephews.
Shafiq said he would like to experience Hari Raya in his wife’s hometown as well.
“We decided to divide the time and visit both our hometowns so it would be fair,” he said.
For Nor Hafizah Rosli and Muhammad Nurhakim Ibrahim, who recently tied the knot in June after eight years of dating, do not have a problem of choosing whose hometown to visit for Hari Raya because both sets of parents live in Kuala Lumpur.
“We decided not to buy new baju Raya and will wear the attire we wore at our marriage solemnisation because we are saving money for our wedding reception in November,” said Hafizah.
“This year will be a bit different for me as my family and I usually go back to my grandparents’ house in Penang,” she said, adding that she and Nurhakim might head to his hometown in Sungkai, Perak on the second day of Raya.
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