Happy Eid-ul Fitri, everyone!
The festive season is finally here and the most exciting part of the Eid is, of course, the food!
Rendang, lemang, ketupat, you name it!
What I really love is when family and relatives gathered and just had a fun time catching up with each other. In Malaysia, those who celebrate the festival will bring the celebration up a notch by hosting a Raya open house, may it be a small or big gathering where family, friends, and neighbors are invited to join in the celebrations.
Before you barge into someone’s open houses that you’re invited to, you probably should make a reminder of the do’s and don’ts during your Eid visit.
- Plan Your Arrival Time
Even though it is an open house it doesn’t mean you can come and go as you please. The last thing you want to do is catching them at the wrong time or coming late at night time. A simple rule of thumb is to plan your arrival and always be on time.
- Dress Appropriately
The festive season is where people dress up in their new or recycled Raya clothes and take tons of #rayaootd so we can all post it on social media. Let’s face it, we all want to dress to impress, but when it comes with open houses, it is best to dress modestly. Respect the host by not wearing any mini skirts or clothes that are too revealing. Wear something that’s appropriate for the event and something comfortable instead. To embrace the Eid spirit, you should wear baju kurung and baju melayu.
- Greet The Host
Of course, you need to greet the host when you arrive, duh. But sometimes people tend to forget even the simplest gesture like greeting the host and wishing them Eid Mubarak. Manners maketh the man and showing your host a good attitude goes a long way.
- Mind Your Children
Yes, during open houses we tend to enjoy the time and forget to monitor our children sometimes. Children playing around with other children, running here and there can sometimes lead to unintended incidents like breaking kitchen wear or other stuff. You might think that it’s no harm because they’re just children and they’re innocent but then again you need to be responsible for your children’s actions and apologize to the host for your children’s behavior. So always monitor your children and teach them manners when going to someone’s open house.
- Don’t Overstay Your Welcome
The food is good, the hospitality is great and you enjoyed yourself with friends and family gathering together reminiscing the good ol’ days. Nevertheless, it’s advisable not to stay for the entire day. The host may not mind or insist you to make yourself comfortable but do keep in mind that there are other guests coming in and out as well. The host might need to entertain them too and it might be hard for the host to keep checking to entertain you as well. Plus, space might be a little too crowded so whenever you see there’s a lot of people coming in, it’s a sign for you to excuse yourself and make space for other guests to enjoy the celebration.
So there you have it, the dos and don’ts of Raya open house visit. Maybe this could help you prepare for your next open houses during this month of Syawal. Until then, see ya!