The last few days of Ramadan usually involve the hustle and bustle of preparations for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration and returning to hometowns. However, as the coronavirus pandemic looms and the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) extended, this year will definitely be different. Regardless of the situation, here’s to our successful annual fasting period from dawn until dusk! Check out some tips and tricks we’ve compiled to make this #StayHome Raya feel meaningful even amid a pandemic.
Home deep cleaning
Whether or not you’ll be hosting an “open house” this year, there isn’t a better time to clean its every nook and cranny. Scrub the walls and floors, wipe windows, change curtains and vacuum every room until they’re squeaky clean. A clean and tidy home will make you look forward to celebrating Raya.
Cook celebration food for sharing
For Raya, you can prepare your favourite dishes such as rendang, lemang, and lontong to drop off at your family’s, friends’, and neighbours’ living in the same state. Not to forget the security guards and cleaners who have and are consistently working during the pandemic. Remember to apply good hygiene practices and make sure to cook your meats thoroughly.
Hold virtual gatherings with the loved ones
Although the government has given a leeway for family visits on the first day of Raya, it is much safer to celebrate among members living in the same house. And because we are living in a more tech-savvy age than ever, opt for video calls with family members and friends residing elsewhere.
While physical gatherings are out of the question today, we are not helpless nor hopeless. Better days will come as long as we do our part and work together. Let’s take precautions and prevent Covid-19 from spreading and affecting the community and our loved ones.
#StaySafe and Selamat Hari Raya!
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