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An Aidil Fitri in Autumn - Nottingham UK

The ladies - after solat Eid fitr
and the the guys...
Utz Kasy berkhutbah..that he prepared at about 2am the night b4
Sebahagian of Malaysians in Notts
Ni nak solat ke nak posing
...posing gak lagi
The kids (bukan senang nak suruh smile 4 camera)...
...and their mamas
Breakfast kat rumah Malik & Salwani's - kerutuk aye dehh... Salwani's kitchen
Are we having fun yet... posing raya ke??
Awateef with baju & tudung raya sent by Nenek
At Basri & Zan's place
mana duit raya nii....
at Anis & Raza's open house
Posing dgn Raza the host
Kat rumah Nizam & Hani
Family posing at 'Nizam's Studio'
2nd posing - no flash this time
The girls of Notts...
...and the boys
Kenyang+penat+Italian sofa=tidorr Raya..
dapat lolipop raya kat Midon & Dalina's...coz takde duit raya
Photo session dgn Dalina, the hostess...semua 'control cun'
...and with Midon next...hansem2 gak mamat2 Notts ni yea...
Dah tu gi attack rumah Azman & Shida lak
After all that, it is time for our Open House-with Mazlan&Masri
Other offerings at our place
...among yang datang awal...lull b4 the storm
dah mula ramai tapi still manoeuvrable
kat mana2 pun boleh duduk...janji boleh kunyah
Salwani ni org nak ambik gambar dia tapi dia tengok tepi lak
hello...hello...lepas ni rumah sapa
I penat you...sampai tak leh angkat mata...
eehh...dgn i pun u all nak posing...lupa lak nak control macho
...hey, dgn guys pun ada posing la...
sesi kunyah-mengunyah
ramainya oranggg...
kalau landlord tau...sure mintak tambah deposit nihh...
salam eid fitr dari bumi robin hood... kannn open house we all, rasa nak buat every week...
nak pilih yang mana satu ni...
kalau jual semua kasut ni boleh dapat airfare balik M'sia
...mine is bigger than yours..
posing dgn hostesses (bukan air hostess laa...)
Another eventful 1st day of hari raya yesterday (3.11.05), an Aidil Fitr celebrated in autumn with falling leaves everywhere and cool wind blowing lightly in the land of Robin Hood. Raya celebration started with takbir from rumah ke rumah after Maghrib the night before, tapi I managed to join only halfway as I was working til 8.30pm. Kali ni takbir was done with involvement of a number of undergrads...a good sign indeed.

While doing our takbir rounds, after some discussions, it was agreed (at about 12.30am!!) that we should organised our own solat sunat eid fitr. An email informing the others was issued around 1.00am something...from Elyas and his Meja Kebajikan of course. The solat was held at Adnan's place since most of his stuff has been sent back to Malaysia...special thanks to him for providing a place for all of us. The solat session itself is pretty special as it is the first time that everything was done Malaysian-style. So...the takbir pun lebih syahdu & mendayu...lebih feeling lagi...sampai ada yang nangis . Khutbah pun was nicely done walau pun Utz Kasy tak tau la pukul berapa siap preparing for it...syukran ya Utz.

Then off we went to 'attack' friends' houses after the solat. We have to budget our time as we are having our own 'open house' that night, 'officially' from 6.00 to 10.00pm. Alhamdullillah, most of the dishes had already been prepared in the morning & the night before. Even with that in mind, we managed to ziarah places of Malik/Salwani, Basri/Zan, Raza/Anis, Yunus/Shikin, Nizam/Hani, Midon/Dalina, & Azman/Shida (Sneintton) & arrived home at about 5.35pm. Yea, I know...with about 25 minutes to spare to prepare our Open House.

Well, our Open House...actually it was a joint Open House, together with Mazlan & Masri, whose house is flooded (sikit lagi nak sampai ceiling!?) with Italians, the furniture that is...not the people....bellisimo. On offer were nasi himpit (from Asda), masak lodeh, sambal kacang with ayam, rendang daging, serunding tok, laksa, laksam, pelbagai kuih & drinks. Alhamdullillah, the turn out was HUGE. Memang real punya RAYA. Rasa-rasanye, all in all, about 150-200 friends came by. Judging from what we saw as well as those that you can see from the photos attached, I think they enjoyed themselves just as we enjoyed having them around.

This is probably our final eid fitr in Nottingham, insyaAllah. So we'll try to savour it a whole lot more. Thanks to everyone who has made this another very meaningful regularly pointed out by others, Malaysians in Nottingham is really something else. So, to all of our friends, selamat hari raya Aidil Fitr & maaf zahir batin from all of us in the family. Can't wait to experience the second Raya day & this weekend...more Open houses to go & friends to meet. Til next entry...wassalam

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