Sadly, Hari Raya 2021 will be a kin to the previous Eid Mubarak festivities of last year – a muted one, thanks to the pandemic.

With Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announcing a blanket movement control order to curb the spread of the ravaging virus, many are left to celebrate on their own again, without their extended family and friends.

Thus we check in with a number of our August Man A-Listers to find out how this Hari Raya 2021 would be for them.

Muzzamel Mazidee
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Muzzamel and his family back in 2018

1. What do you miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?

I would normally go back to Perak a few days before Raya, as it has been a tradition to be closer to my relatives during the celebration, and then to Penang on the second day of Raya. The “kampung” environment and at this point, even being stuck in Raya traffic is definitely something I miss!

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?

This year will be a bit different as I’m relocating to Singapore soon, so it’ll be a more intimate Raya celebration with the immediate family – which is in line with the MCO as well.

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?

Albeit it being another crazy, disappointing year, don’t take it for granted to spend time with your loved ones (even if it’s only through video calls). Selamat Hari Raya, stay safe and we’ll reconnect soon!

 

Hazwan Yazit
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Hazwan and his parents, back in 2019

1. What do you miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?
What I really miss is being able to socialise without any worries during family gatherings and house visits. And not to mention, the glorious Raya food!

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?
I will be staying at home since I can’t go anywhere due to the MCO; my parents live in outside KL. So, I guess it will be just a group video call in the morning with my family followed by some relaxing at home.

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and have a blessed celebration as always. May this year bring more happiness, joy and good health! Always, always stay safe, practice social distancing, wear your mask and stay healthy – that’s very important in the world we live in now.

 

Aimran Azizi
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Aimran (far left) and his family, back in 2018

1. What do you miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?
It’s a tradition for my family to host friends and extended family members on the first day of Raya. So I definitely miss having friends and relatives coming over, and all the hustle and bustle of the preparations.

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?
I will be heeding the call from our ministry of health to #dudukrumahdiamdiam. But of course, I’ll still by stuffing my face with Raya food all day.

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?
I wish everyone a great and safe Hari Raya 2021. Let’s hope that next year we will be able go back to pre-covid festivities.

 

Zaki muslim
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Zaki and his family, back in 2019

1. What do you miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?

I will miss having friends and family over at my mom’s open house on the first day of Raya, which is a usual tradition of our family.

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?

Hari Raya 2021 will be a quiet one at home with just the wife and daughter; lemang and rendang will definitely be on the table, so I’m looking forward to that!

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?

Hope everyone stays at home, stays safe… and we will meet again soon. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from us to you! Maaf Zahir Dan Batin

 

Azri Ibrahim
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Azri flanked by his parents, back in 2019

1. What do you miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?

What I miss the most is seeing relatives different states and the whole balik kampung experience. Well obviously that traffic jam at the highways is a norm, but I do enjoy it because of the excitement of Raya, plus while listening to Raya songs over the radio. Then there’s being at relative’s homes, exchanging wishes, asking for forgiveness and the duit raya giving ceremony are not too be missed. Of course we can’t rule out the good Raya meals and cookies – somehow they taste better when everyone is around.

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?

Raya this year will be a completely unprecedented bizarre, totally new experience for me. I couldn’t visit the mosque and the cemetery which are my usual routines in the morning of Raya. And virtual meetings will be necessary, to fill the void of a non-existent Raya gathering. One fun thing we have in store is that we are going to exchange Raya food via delivery services, to at least give our celebration a little of that Raya feel.

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?

I would wish all my family, friends, colleagues at work, the other A-listers, and whoever who knows me, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir batin and enjoy the holiday. Have a blast one but stay safe!

 

Rizal kamal
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Rizal and his family, back in 2018

1. What do you miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?

I’ve been celebrating Raya the same way for the past 10 years. Every first day, I visit my family, then my wife’s family, and in the afternoon my best friends, then my father-in-law’s family at night. So we eat at least four times!

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?
This year, we’re celebrating with just the four of us. Wifey’s gonna cook and we set different times to Zoom in with family and friends. We’ll definitely still dress up for photos and Raya songs.

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?

Missing Raya this year will make the upcoming ones all the more better. And after MCO, when the virus is not rampaging, we can meet up with our family and friends and have our own special celebration. I just got vaccinated and am so happy to not be spreading the virus and have some semblance of normalcy.

 

syed ilyAs

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1. What do your miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?

What I miss the most is meeting friends and family, being able to hug them and be close without thinking of the consequences. I miss waking up early in the morning to go to the mosque, followed y a visit to the graves of my grandparents to pay respect. I just miss my family so much.

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?

Well nothing much, thankfully I’m one of th elucky ones who gets to spend some time with my direct family – my parents and siblings. So yea, just staying home and staying safe.

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?

I know it’s going to be tough and I really do understand how difficult it is to not meet friends and family, but we’re in this war against Covid together. And I hope all of us can defeat this virus, because if honestly if we don’t unite and go against the SOPs, worst things might happen. Everyone needs to stay safe and send your love in other ways, through delivery services and such. Hope everyone stays well and safe, take care!

 

Shahrin bahar

 

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Shahrin with his son, back in 2019

1. What do you miss most about celebrating Raya before the pandemic?
Heading to my in-laws place in Bidor, Perak. As Yana is the youngest of 8 siblings, celebrating Raya in Perak is a merry affair and nothing beats the Raya festivties in the kampung environment.

2. What are you doing for Raya this year?
For Hari Raya 2021, we’ll just be staying with my parents in Subang Jaya, and just having a quiet, small and safe celebration with the family and children.

3. What’s your message to loved ones and others celebrating Raya?
Make this Raya a little more special by giving more to those in need. The pandemic is real and has affected many Malaysians, so do your part, and stay safe as well.

written by.
Aaron Pereira
Digital Editor
This fine chocolate man, (that is a connoisseur of fine chocolates) prefers real-life conversations and living off-screen, but is slowly and surely embracing the digital, search engine optimised life.

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