Sunday, September 20, 2009
As Andy had pointed out, Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration here in South East Asia is slowly transmerging with Chinese New Year celebration.
He listed out 3 factors:
1) The Introduction of Green Packets.
The Chinese invented the Ang Pow (Red Packet) a long time ago (dated back to the Qing Dynasty even). The Malays in this region didn't want to lose. So they copied it several years ago, and changed the colour green to mark it their own.2) The Firecrackers!
Traditionally, firecrackers are common during Raya and Chinese New Year celebrations. However, on one occasion, Andy sworn to have seen his neighbour lighting up a Chinese firecracker (pictured above) during the fasting month. To confirm his suspicion, the firecracker exploded with a deafening explosion to reveal a scroll with the words "Gong Xi Fa Cai!" at its climax!
3) The Recent Introduction of Syawal Mooncakes.
I'm not saying it's wrong to copy others. It's actually nice to see Malays and Chinese suddenly become so united. You will never know how similar Raya and Chinese New Year will be in the future!
Imagine a malay version of the Lion Dance!
Hari Raya celebration in Brunei will officially commence tomorrow! Representing DENcorp, we wish everyone a Happy Hari Raya!
I'm taking this opportunity to seek forgiveness if I had ever hurt, offended or simply annoyed the crap out of you =)
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri everyone!!
:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 7:09 PM