Ruhainies’ family continues week-long open house tradition


ACTRESS Ruhainies said her family would continue their tradition of holding Hari Raya open house for a week this year, reported Sinar Harian.

The 27-year-old, whose full name is Nur Ruhainies Farehah Zainul Ilyas, said the quality of the food served to guests would be of utmost importance.

“My family’s routine is holding an open house for a week and we celebrate with our guests with a variety of food cooked by my mum.

“This has been our Hari Raya tradition,” said Ruhainies, whose hometown is in Penang.

Ruhainies said her family returned to Penang every year as the Hari Raya atmosphere there was livelier than Kuala Lumpur.

She added that this year’s Hari Raya was also more meaningful for her as she has “someone special” in her life.

“Although he is in London and can’t come home this year, we can still share the joy of Hari Raya with each other in other ways, such as wearing matching outfits on Hari Raya,” she said.

> Food expert Dr Shahrim Karim claimed that it was becoming more difficult to find traditional Malay delicacies, reported Harian Metro.

Dr Shahrim, who specialises in traditional and heritage cuisine, said traditional Malay delicacies such as kuih siput, bahulu lapis and tat bunga (flower tarts) were becoming harder to find.

One of the reasons for this, he said, was the lack of pride among Malays for their culinary heritage.

“Malays are not proud of their culinary heritage. As globalisation introduce us to food from other cultures, many now prefer biscuits from other countries,” he said, adding that some Malays did not even know the names of traditional Malay delicacies.

He said another reason was that many cooks who know how to prepare traditional Malay delicacies were unwilling to share their recipes.

“It is rare to see people documenting recipes for traditional Malay delicacies, despite the many cooking competitions that have been held,” he said.

> Berita Harian reported that Rahimi Ahmad, the Malaysian survivor of the New Zealand shooting, did not return to Malaysia for Hari Raya.

Rahimi, 39, and his family were instead celebrating in Christchurch, as he was still recuperating from his injuries.

“We made preparations for Hari Raya and the celebration here is still lively.

“It’s just that I am unable to perform the prayers with others at the mosque as my movement is still limited,” he said, adding that so far, he could walk only by using crutches.

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