It’s almost Hari Raya now…
You know? The best time during seasonal festivals is the countdown moment to the very day. This is why I chose to post this right now, when countdown is final.
I am quite sure that you won’t be able to see Hari Raya being celebrated by Muslims and non-Muslims except in Malaysia and Singapore. Non-Muslims witness how the Muslims fast food for one month before Hari Raya, feel and share the joy that is being shown on their faces and daily lifes and yes, we are entitled to enjoy a lot of special events together with them…(Holidays holidays holidays!!)
There are also Pasar Malam (Night Market), Buka Puasa (Dine-in time after a day’s work, sometimes in a happy Buffet form), lots of Red Dates and Ketupat (Glutinous rice being wrapped up in leaves) !!!
Lumps of Ketupats Ready for Sale
And Bingo! Lots of Hari Raya songs…
There is the famous “Balik Kampung” song, which truly reflects how our Muslims friends travel back to their hometown almost frantically to enjoy the festive season.
Another classic Hari Raya song is no other than this “Selamat Hari Raya” sang by Saloma. “Selamat Hari Raya” is fast-paced and cheerful, comparable to “We wish you a Merry Christmas” that symbolizes Christmas Day.
Instead of providing the piano sheets of any Raya songs, I wrote a simple fakebook of “Selamat Hari Raya” as a token of my greeting to Muslim friends out there. You know what? I have met some talented Malays who can sing and play music very well. Just to list a few: Siti Nurhaliza, Mawi, K.R.U, Ning Baizura, Taufik, Sheila Majid, Element etc. They are superb in semitones!
This fakebook is dedicated to them. This timing, this “Selamat Hari Raya” song, guitars mixing with vocals and audiences with Ketupats….
Well…enjoy your Hari Raya folks!
Download the PDF version of “Selamat Hari Raya” for free if you find the preview hurts your eyes.