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‘Cookies and cakes synonymous with Hari Raya’

13th June, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Anticipating the arrival of the month of Syawal (Hari Raya) is probably the most exciting period in the life of every Muslim, especially when it is preceded by a month of Ramadan synonymous with self-reflection, doing good and, of course, food.

“It is a celebration of victory in completing the fast and the overcoming of personal struggles during the Ramadan… the celebration mean a lot to me, a time of forgiveness, strengthening of bonds amongst family members and relatives,” says Diyana Karim

Hari Raya is expected on June 15. “I have been away from home for a while now. Since May, I have begun planning for Hari Raya purchases to avoid the festive shopping rush.”

She added that though online shopping is quite popular nowadays, she still prefers the conventional way of mixing it up with a window shopping and soaking up the festive atmosphere at the malls.

“Sometimes buying online can end up with disaster, such as inaccurate sizes, pattern and colour are different from the pictures shown. At the malls I can try on the outfit before buying it,” the 24-year-old who works with an Non-Government Organization (NGO) and dabbles as an online entrepreneurs told New Sabah Times. Kasmah Mat Kasim, a 27-year-old from Beaufort, agrees.

Kasmah said that she prefers to go to the tailor shop rather than shop online for clothes as it’s hard to judge the material, stitching or quality of the items solely based on the photos.

“Buying online is risky, the items may not fit and also it is troublesome too if they need to be returned.” As for cookies and cakes that are synonymous with Raya, she said that this year she bought some and baked some herself.

“Hari Raya is more about family gatherings and catching up with family and friends. That is the most important for us, and the colourful offerings of cakes and cookies brighten the annual visits.”

While some enjoy shopping directly from shop, there are those who prefer doing their preparation via online. “It is a trend that is creating a healthy competition for local traditional shops and department stores, especially for products such as tudong (headscarves) and baju kurung,” says 28 Laila Husni.

Anita Goh, a Chinese-Muslim who works as a clerk prefers shopping on-line. “We just browse the website…. there are so many choices from clothing to make-up. With a click, our orders are placed and will be delivered to our house or offices. Sometimes, the prices are cheaper too.”

Shopping on-line can also be done leisurely. Anita confessed to having been shopping for Raya since April. Meanwhile, shopping malls around Kota Kinabalu have been flooded with shoppers and highways are experiencing heavy traffic.

Among popular Hari Raya shopping areas are Imago Mall, Suria Sabah as well as Segama where consumers can find good deals, including clothes and cookies.

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