KUCHING: For the villagers of Kampung Kudei Baru here, the tradition of lighting oil lamps for Hari Raya became an opportunity to express appreciation for frontliners in the fight against Covid-19.
At the village, the decorations include a 12-foot-high (3.6m) replica of a lamp dedicated to frontliners.
“We made this specially for all frontliners in Malaysia as a tribute to their contributions and sacrifices, ” said Abdul Ieddy Abdullah Chik.
He said a team of villagers started planning the lights and decorations two months before the fasting month began.
Besides the giant lamp, there is also an anti-Covid-19 cannon symbolising the battle against the pandemic and an archway, along with oil lamps in lengths of bamboo.
“The cost of the decorations isn’t high as we mostly used scrap materials like old plywood.
“For the oil lamps, we used bamboo with 400 wicks in total. Traditionally, kerosene was used to light the lamps but it’s expensive now and harder to obtain, so we use diesel instead, ” Abdul Ieddy said.
The oil lamps at the village were first lit last Thursday night and will be lit every night from 7pm to 7am until the seventh day of Hari Raya.
“These are just some simple decorations to bring Raya cheer. What’s important is to have lights for Hari Raya and I hope all of us will remain vigilant in our celebration, ” Abdul Ieddy added.