Villagers light up Raya mood with mosque of 2,000 lamps

Illuminating: Lamps arranged to resemble a mosque light up the night at Kampung Baru Sri Gading in Batu Pahat. — Bernama

BATU PAHAT: Although Syawal will be celebrated in moderation, the residents of Kampung Baru, Sri Gading, near here, have decided to celebrate the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri in a lively atmosphere.

Made using 2,021 lamps to decorate the entrance to the village, masjid pelita (mosque of lamps) enhances the night atmosphere.

Mohd Azam Isnin, 46, said this was the second year they constructed this “gate of lamps” next to the entrance, and this time more lamps were used compared to last year’s 1,500.

Mohd Azam, who built the “mosque” with another friend, Nor Ikhwan Nasir, said he used his free time to do it with other villagers.

“We did not expect it to be an attraction, after it was shown on social media last Monday.

“Many residents from nearby areas have stopped to take photographs, ” he said.

Although the lamps are an attraction, his team is very strict with visitors because of its location along the main road connecting Batu Pahat, Ayer Hitam and Kluang.

People who want to enter the area need to take their temperatures, register with the MySejahtera application and are reminded to practise physical distancing.

Mohd Azam also said the construction of the masjid pelita gateway helped the villagers bond with each other.

“We want the tradition of making this ‘gate of lamps’ to continue every time before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“It is a symbol of heritage to us and will be a loss if it is not continued, especially by the younger people, ” he said. — Bernama

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