Fun Hari Raya Activities For Your Kids
The season of Hari Raya Aidilfitri is upon us, which means you can look forward to new baju kurung, colourful kebaya and a ton of decadent snacks that you can binge on once a year. Muslims fast for a month prior to Eid during Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar) from dusk till dawn. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is done for atonement and to express gratitude and empathy for the needy.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, and it is a day of celebration. It has been a long time coming for Muslim families in Singapore since Hari Raya was “cancelled” in 2020 due to the pandemic and the Circuit Breaker. It is finally time for our families and loved ones to gather for annual celebrations in the new normal.
It is a pity that the yearly Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar has been cancelled for two years in a row, but there are plenty of other activities that you and your kids can try out at home to get them excited for Hari Raya.
1. Decorate The House Together
To set the right Hari Raya mood, involve the kids in the whole process of decorating the house in the most festive theme.
Don’t just focus on decorating the house to your taste and liking but involving your children and hearing their opinions. There are endless ways your children can help in decorating the home. You just need to give them a chance to express their creativity and develop new ideas to liven up the whole place. They could even start with simple DIY crafts using coloured paper to make festive ketupat streamers and other decorative items.
Remember, the event is an excellent opportunity to bond with your kids and create a memorable Hari Raya.
2. Bake Hari Raya Treats Together
There is one thing that’s common in every celebration, including Hari Raya – indulging in festive treats. So why not get your children involved in baking this year’s special Hari Raya treats? They will definitely love helping to whip up those delectable sweet treats. The kids will not only feel honoured when invited to help but will also appreciate savouring treats they personally helped to bake.
To make the baking activity fun and exciting, allow your kids to cut cookies in various shapes and sizes. Allow them to exercise their creativity, and don’t forget to make the treats that your kids love, such as Tapak Kuda and Chocolate cornflakes. This activity will also serve as a good bonding opportunity and enhance your child’s motor skills.
3. Shop for Traditional Outfits Together
Nothing helps to set in the Hari Raya mood better than visiting the bazaar to shop for traditional outfits together.
There may not be many places to visit to buy your Hari Raya outfits due to the ongoing pandemic, but you can still buy your entire family matching baju kurung and kebaya for the special occasion. Dress up and step outside for a family photoshoot or schedule a video call with friends and relatives who are not in town or living overseas and unable to join you due to the pandemic.
No matter where you are, make sure to adorn in the finest traditional gear and have fun together as a family.
H2 Kidchamp Wishes Families a Selamat Hari Raya
Despite the pandemic, you can make things even livelier by involving your children in preparations for the festive occasion. This is also an excellent time to teach the young ones about your longstanding family traditions.
Finally, wherever you are in Singapore, Kidchamp wishes you and your family a Selamat Hari Raya!
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