The decorative stars on display at Aipi's stall.
GEORGE TOWN: Part-time trader Aipi Mohd Adnan started making and selling handmade Bintang Raya (Raya Stars) six years ago after watching a television programme on how to make the decorative stars.
Aipi, 30, who works as a lorry driver, said this year he has made 500 stars to be sold at his stalls in Padang Brown and at the Pesta site in Sungai Nibong.
“The decorative star does not hold any significant meaning but stars are popularly associated with the Hari Raya festival,” he said.
He said he started making the stars in May for the Hari Raya celebration this year and spends less than two hours to complete a standard sized Raya star of 0.61m, and about six hours to finish the bigger ones.
“The frame of the stars are made using bamboo sticks and secured with ropes before they are covered in transparent colour papers.
“Then, I will place the light-emitting diodes into the stars to make it glitter like a real star,” Aipi said.
He said the Raya stars he makes varies from five-pointed stars which measure 0.61m to the bigger 21-pointed stars measuring 1.5m.
The stars come in seven different colours and are sold between RM55 and RM105, depending on the size.
The father of five said he usually gets some help from his wife and children when making the stars at home.
Aipi also accepts orders and designs custom-made stars for customers.
His stalls at both venues are open from 7.30pm to 1am daily.