Foreign missions extend Raya greetings to M’sians

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 05 Jun 2019

Art of weaving: A screencap of the US Embassy video greeting with US ambassador Lakhdhir (second from right) learning to make ketupat casings.

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign missions in Malaysia have extended their “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri” wishes to Malaysians through creative video greetings on social media.

The US Embassy released a video depicting its staff happily weaving ketupat in a traditional Malay home.

Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, who is also featured in the recording, espoused the importance of keeping traditions alive.

“As friends and family gather to celebrate Hari Raya, let us remember to keep traditions alive.

“It is our way to teach pure values, build bonds among one another while creating wonderful memories,” Lakhdhir said in her minute-long greeting uploaded on YouTube yesterday.

The video shows Lakhdhir and her embassy staff sitting on the verandah of Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman in Jalan Stonor here and sharing light moments as they weave ketupat.

The Canadian High Commission posted a cute video on Facebook of its staff and friends’ children each telling what Hari Raya meant to them.

High Commissioner Julia Bentley said experiencing Ramadan for the second time in Malaysia offered her a chance to learn about local traditions and customs during the Muslim holy month.

“After almost a month of fasting during Ramadan, many in Malaysia and around the world will be celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“This is a time to seek forgiveness from family and friends and also a time of celebration and merriment, sentiments which are sometimes overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life,” she said in the video.

British High Commissioner Charles Hay shared a video of his experience fasting for one day during Ramadan on Facebook.

“Fasting one day during Ramadan in Malaysia has been an eye-opening experience. It makes me understand more about abstinence, positive thoughts and doing good deeds.

“Wishing all Muslims a happy Syawal with loved ones,” he said at the end of the video.


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