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Monday October 15, 2007
By TEH ENG HOCK and MEERA VIJAYAN
FESTIVITY was in the air as throngs of Malaysians of all races made their way to open houses all over Johor dressed in their celebratory finery.
Thousands attended the official open house gathering hosted by Johor Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail at the grounds of the Istana Besar.
Long queues were also seen as members of the public along with state officials enjoyed a sumptuous feast at the palace grounds.
Children had fun running around on the beautiful landscaped grounds before going home with Raya goodies.
I like coming here because it makes me happy to be part of all the celebrations. After this, well go home to welcome our own guests at our house, he said.
Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail hosted his own open house after attending the celebrations at the Istana Besar.
Crowds thronged Tunku Ibrahims residence at Istana Pasir Pelangi to share in the food and the festive atmosphere.
Among those spotted tucking into servings of murtabak was Mohd Hafizuddin Md Roosly, 12, and his cousin Mohd Nasarudin Mohd Razali, 11, who said he loved Hari Raya because of all the delicious food.
We are skipping the rice since we get that all the time. Next, were going for some ice cream, he said.
Another visitor who brought her entire family including her one-month-old baby son was Tey Lee Hon, 30, who said she had been coming faithfully to Istana Pasir Pelangi for the past four years.
At the Open House hosted by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, around 50,000 people from all walks of life celebrated Hari Raya with him.
His wife, Datin Paduka Prof Dr Jamilah Ariffin and their daughter Juwita Edora, were with him to greet the guests.
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