Alamak! Raya Need To Stay Home?!
Because not social distancing is the new gejala sosial #DudukRumah
Did you know that Malaysia is ranked one of the countries with the most public holidays in the world? They say that we Malaysians sure love our holidays, and it’s true! Every year, Malaysians flock back to their hometowns to celebrate their respective culture’s festivals. However, with the current Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysians have undoubtedly been forced to change the way they celebrate one of the most anticipated festival holidays.
Despite the limitations and the necessity to stay home, here are some ways you can keep the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and other festivities' spirit going!
1. Virtual gatherings
Social distancing means no open houses for us this year :( However, instead of going to your friend’s or relative’s place, there are various virtual platforms and apps we can use to connect with them and replace the usual physical gatherings. Salams and bermaafans can also be done virtually as long as everyone has good WiFi connection.
2. Dress up
To spice things up, set the mood, and retain tradition, we can still don our customary cultural clothes, the baju Melayu and baju Kurung to celebrate. You still want to look your best on camera even though you’re not actually seeing your cousins in person, right? Don’t forget to take those #OOTDs for the gram!
3. Give back to society
Regardless of your religion, in this time of distress, why not do your part in lending a helping hand to those who need it? Giving back to the community by doing something simple like treating your delivery food driver to a meal, or donating to a local cause, whether it’s a charity or to help essential workers will certainly reflect the spirit of generosity this Hari Raya festive.
4. Online shopping
For the more fortunate of us, staying at home can get boring. We may not be able to go out to shop and enjoy the annual Raya sales in-store, but why worry? In this day and age, we can simply go online to shop instead, as many businesses have offered Raya discounts on their online stores as well.
5. Send food ingredients
A current trend to celebrate birthdays is to send friends random surprise gifts in the form of food, using food delivery services. This Raya, many people will surely try their skills at whipping up some home cooked Raya dishes, so sending fresh ingredients that you can get from online suppliers mail directly to your friends and relatives’ house will surely bring them some festive joy.
Seeing the multitude of social behavioural changes that we’ll have to make in order to fight Covid-19, it will be interesting to see how we as Malaysians will adapt to celebrate Hari Raya with social distancing practices in place. Malaysia boleh!