Bringing Hari Raya to urban folk

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Sep 2010

NEW clothes and kuih are not only the must-haves for Hari Raya but decorations too. It helps set the festive mood in many homes and public places.

StarMetro visited malls in the Klang Valley to view the creativity on display in the elaborate decorations.

In the good old days, balik kampung is always associated with train rides and stations packed with people waiting to go home.

Sunway Pyramid shopping centre in Petaling Jaya has recreated that mood at the concourse level with a retro mock train station, complete with a real track and a train in collaboration with KTM Berhad (KTMB).

The set decor comes complete with bicycles selling nuts, traditional games sections such as teng teng, batu seremban and congkak as well as a ticket counter.

There will be activities and performances on weekends. Shoppers can look forward to the classic tarian balik kampung, besides hits from the ’60s.

Sunway Pyramid marketing director Phang Sau Lian said thhe mall wanted shoppers to relive their childhood as well as get the new generation acquainted with the old times.

Over at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the theme is “Sinaran Raya, Salam Aidilfitri” with a modern twist to attract locals and tourists alike.

The centre court is decorated with gleaming gold and bronze stars hung on outstretched branches of golden trees.

Pavilion KL has collaborated with MasterCard Worldwide and jazz songstress Sheila Majid to attract shoppers.

She will be having a live showcase on Sept 12 in Pavilion KL and Sinaran Raya, a limited-edition CD comprising Hari Raya classics, will be up for grabs exclusively for shoppers.

Meanwhile further down Jalan Bukit Bintang, Sungei Wang Plaza is having a MaJAZZtic Aidilfitri with apt decor and music.

The stage sports a floral motif backdrop and silky purple drapes hanging around the stage.

The MaJAZZtic Aidilfitri showcases will see Atilia (Sept 3), Nabil Zamanhuri (Sept 4), Imran Ajmain (Sept 5), Rini (Sept 17), Fazli Zainal, (Sept 18) and Farhan (Sept 19) performing Raya songs in jazz beat accompanied by a four-piece band from Studio 51.

Patrons of 1Utama shopping centre, Petaling Jaya will be “transported” to a village with a paddy field at the concourse oval.

Drawing inspiration from the town of Sekinchan, known as the rice bowl of Selangor, 1Utama has brought the village alive with real paddy and grass.

The setup features coconut and pinang trees, wooden bridges and lanterns to depict the harvesting season.

Surrounding the mock village and its paddy fields are stalls exhibiting traditional Malay crafts and food.

Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur takes shoppers into a garden with wild orchids and plants at its centre court.

The concept of a garden in a village was brought to life with lush greenery and flowers.

The courtyard garden is surrounded by bazaar stalls offering traditional Malay attire like songket and baju kurung, handicraft and food such as rendang, lemang and serunding.

At The Gardens Mall, shoppers are welcomed by kampung-like décor of bamboo ornaments setting the mood for a joyous and harmonious Raya.

While at The Curve, its centre court has been transformed into a traditional Malay village with a charming kampung house complete with intricately carved wooden tiles, a verandah and fairy lights. Complementing these decorations are numerous stalls exhibiting a variety of products and services.

The Curve centre manager Adele D. Flores hopes visitors will enjoy the entertainment and promotions put together specially for Hari Raya.

“We chose this particular theme because we wanted to create a kampung feel, which evokes calmness and joy among urban Malaysians.

“As some of us are not able to balik kampung, we feel the theme is apt as our shoppers will be able to soak in the rich ambience of a traditional village,” she said.

For those seeking an adventure in the Middle East, Berjaya Time Square is oozing with Arabian charm.

Themed the “Golden Arabian Charms,” its ground floor central has been transformed into a golden courtyard of minarets and columns decorated with stylised floral motifs to enhance the ambience.

Shoppers will be captivated by Arabian-themed dance and musical drama performances until Sept 26.

The décor comes complete with date palm trees, lamps and vases from the street bazaar.

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