Saturday, September 27, 2008

Selamat Hari Raya, Aunt Su.

You're gonna have to face this Raya alone, Aunt Su. I won't be home to help you put on a new baju kurung to look good first thing in the morning of Syawal when you can hear the takbir coming in strong from a masjid in front of the old folks' home where you are the only Malay among other occupants.
I'm not going to call you on the phone to wish you Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. You know I don't do that. Come to think of it I never did that to Grandma, Aunt or Cousin when they were alive. First thing in the morning of Syawal I usually asked Aunt for money to buy me a whole stack of firecrackers so I can burn them good while people were peforming their Solat Sunat Aidilfitri. I don't attend Solat Sunat Aidilfitri because the masjid will be so packed with people and I don't have a father so I could pray right next to him. You need a father if you are hardly seven years old to be at the masjid on a morning of Syawal. Otherwise people are going to say to you; gi belakang! gi belakang! And they chase you like a dog and you'd be so sad thinking why in the world I don't have a father on the morning when you need him most to help you stay in the Saf like your friends. You can't be praying in the women's section together with Grandma, Aunt and Cousin.
And so while Bilal Rosek is leading the takbir, and Imam Wang Long is leading the Solat Sunat Aidilfitri, I burn the firecrackers one stack after another, making such a racket on my own that Syawal is beginning to sound like Kong Hee Fat Choy. By the time Solat Sunat Aidilfitri is done, I'm left with only 2 more stacks of firecrackers to go. And so I ask Aunt for more money when she is home with Grandma and Cousin after they're done praying at the mosque behind our house.
That's how I spend my Raya. I burn firecrackers during Solat Sunat Aidilfitri. I go down to Panggung Happy to buy me one ice cream after another. And then to Kedai Leong Thye to buy one apple after another. By the time it's Zohor, I go back to change into a new set of clothes. And then go down to Panggung Happy again to look at the ticket hustlers fighting for a small space to squeeze their hand to buy tickets for young women waiting in a group like a set of banana trees in the wind. By the time it's Maghrib, I go home to sleep off the first day of Syawal.
I love Hari Raya. Which is why I make sure I don't cry for anyone on this special day. I only think of good times about Grandma, Aunt and Cousin on the day like Syawal. And so if I don't call you to wish you Selamat Hari Raya, you really have to understand where I came from, Aunt Su. But you be sure to have a nice Raya anyway, y'hear? I'll take you eat at your favorite restaurant at Section 14. The waiters there remember you. They remember what you like to eat. That'll be my Raya treat to you. So on the morning of Syawal, just make do with the normal breakfast they serve you at the home. You be good now, y'hear?

17 Comments:

Blogger talqin said...

I'm so sorry.. made my eyes water.. Selamat Hari Raya..

2:24 AM  
Blogger puteri kamaliah at-tarawis said...

Oh Bergen, why do you have to make me cry so early in the morning.. and I am not going to wish you until it's hari raya..

9:39 AM  
Blogger Yunus Badawi said...

Bergen,
I hope your Ramadhan was more meaningful than your Aidil Fitri.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Monster Mom said...

I think they understand you... They still love you no matter what....

Perhaps you can create a new meaningful Hari Raya this time around.

Salam Aidilfitri.

10:44 AM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

We know you miss Aunt, Grandma and cousin and I know I can't take their place as a family to you. But as one friend to another, here's wishing you a Selamat Hari Raya.

If you are coming down anywhere nearby Penang please drop by for some rendang and ketupat etc.

11:16 AM  
Blogger IBU said...

Salam Mr Berg,

Hope Aunt Su is keeping well.

You keep well too, ya? And don't over eat ice cream on raya coz your metabolic rate now would be far lower than those early years :)

p/s Dolu2 raya x beli tikam ker?

p/s I finally managed to get in touch with Kak Mek Na!

12:38 PM  
Blogger p kama at-tarawis said...

Selamat Hari Raya maaf zahir & batin Bergen. Sekiranyalah you are anywhere near Taman Tun this Raya period, please let me know (if you still keep my tel no. la..) kalau tidak just e-mail me for it.. kamabakar@yahoo.com

Pak Abu kata about time we meet again, it has been five years, Bergen..too long tu...

10:04 AM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin Bergen. Semoga Aunt Su juga bergembira di Hari Raya ini...

11:06 AM  
Blogger AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

SELAMAT HARI RAYA BERGEN!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Kata Tak Nak said...

Selamat Hari Raya, brother.

Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
I'm reading this in the family home in JB. You just made my nieces cry reading this post.
If you're near us, please drop by. I'll leave you my number via email.

5:24 PM  
Blogger william said...

Before I enter the realms of "kampung mood". Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir Batin to all the peeps in Malaysia. The wish is especially for all Malaysians who celebrate all festivals of all races in the country by hosting each other at our Open House, and it also goes to all our worldwide readers who celebrate these two festivals.
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6:50 PM  
Anonymous mm said...

selamat hari raya and may you find peace and solace on your 1st syawal morning prayers in that faraway land. wishing you a meaningful raya...

8:13 PM  
Blogger nadya said...

eid mubarak bergen & ant su.

how's your eid sir?

regards from my dad, me & family in Raub.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Pootz in Boots said...

Salaam Aidil Fitri.... eid is not the same without maktok and abah but Allah bless me with a new princess Zara to celebrate her first eid

9:30 PM  
Anonymous fidd said...

hahahaha...well i'll be damned!! The guy who loves the fat lady! Still alive and with vigour. Gelang raya tak der ker?

6:28 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Talqin: Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am.

Puteri Kamaliah At-Tarawis: Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am.

Yunus Badawi: Selamat Hari Raya, Sir.

Monster Mom: Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am.

AuntyN: Will be in Penang area, and around her area soon. Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am.

Ibu: Please sampai my salam to Mek Na.

Puteri Kamaliah At-Tarawis: Yes, we should. Nanti bila pi Taman Tun I give you a call or sms.

Zabs: Selamat Hari Raya, Sir. Thank you.

AuntieYan: Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am.

Kata Tak Nak: Selamat Hari Raya, Sir.

Fauziah Ismail: Will be at Port of Tanjung Pelepas in December. Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am.

William: Thank you, Sir. Thank you for visiting.

MM: Thank you. Selamat Hari Raya.

Nadya: Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am. Salam to Dad and your family in Raub.

Pootz in Boots: Selamat Hari Raya, Ma'am.

Fidd: I'd be damned, LOL. Glad you finally found me. And about the fat lady...wonder if she still thinks about me.

You be sure to have a nice day now, y'hear? Thank you for visiting.

11:17 PM  

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