After Ramadan, the holidays and Ketupat

Coming to the end of Ramadan

After fasting from dawn to dusk for a month, Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid al-Fitr) also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival and the Lesser Eid, is a day that signifies the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Muslims attend special morning prayers in mosques and visit the cemeteries of their loved ones. Friends and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. The religious Eid is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast on that day, so there will be lots of tasty delicacies to make the celebration memorable!

Since this holiday come once in a year, I just wanted to post some photograph of a delicacy known as;

Ketupat

Made of glutinous rice, coconut milk and pandan leaves for some aroma… The cleaned rice, is placed into the weaved ketupat pouch and then boiled in a mixture of coconut milk and water in a pot. The cooked ketupat would be eaten either with rendang or peanut gravy.

inserting the rice into the casing

As the rice cooks, the grains expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed. This gives the ketupat its characteristic form and texture of a rice dumpling. So it’s important not to fill too much of the  rice into the pouch and yet not too little as well.

coconut milk, water, ketupat, all in a pot
After an Hour cooking. done
some extra note..Local stories passed down through the generations have attributed the creation of this style of rice preparation to the seafarers' need to keep cooked rice from spoiling during long sea voyages. The coco leaves used in wrapping the rice are always shaped into a triangular or diamond form and stored hanging in bunches in the open air. The shape of the package facilitates moisture to drip away from the cooked rice while the coco leaves allow the rice to be aerated and at the same time prevent flies and insects from touching it.

Not all about food

Among other popular traditional dish, which seems to be a compulsory menu prepared when Aidilfitri season in Malaysia, is Rendang (chicken/beef), Lemang (rice cooked in bamboo), an assortment of home-made cakes, cookies and various other food items also adds colour and variety to this joyful holiday seasons.

layered cakes, with beautiful designs and assortments.

As with all festivities around the world, it’s not all about food and indulgence but It’s also a time of gathering and meeting of family members, relatives, friends. Reunions. A yearly event, where people have a chance of catching up and be together,  bringing the community closer. The opportunity to ask forgiveness if any wrongs have been done to others either intentionally or not.

A time of gathering.

Big holiday.

Being one of the biggest holidays event in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei (and all other muslim country throughout the world) It’s the time when travelling by air might be the most expensive with limited available seats, as with all other form of public transport-bus tickets are often sold out. Few weeks prior, everywhere seems to be busy as the public do their shopping and preparations. But it’s the holiday seasons and holidays are always welcomed.

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