|Henna on the fingertips and decorating the back of the hand|
Hari Raya literally means "Day of Celebration". However the celebrations, marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, continue for several days. Days are calculated as beginning at sunset (not midnight or dawn as in European traditions). I've already detailed evening 1 and day 1. This included some pretty serious stuff. In this blog, I look at evening 2 and day 2, when the celebrations set in.
Evening 2: Parties
|Nek Huz (purple) gives speech|
|Guests listening to speech|
|Yet more guests sitting patiently with plastic plates in hand|
|Ladies first for the photo|
|A few of the men|
Day 2 Jukung racing and soccer
|End of jukung race|
|Grandfathers enjoying the race|
|Resting at half time|
|Shot goes wide and high|
|Enjoying the spectacle|
Evening 3Evening 3 was a unique experience for Home Islanders and also for my family. A group from Malaysia who are staying on Home Island for a couple of months were performing Nasheed. This is a kind of lyrical acapella chanting accompanied with percussion.
Click here to see it live.
|Trestle tables covered with food prepared by wives and mothers|
|Waiting with plastic plates|
|More guests for Nasheed|
|Much talking and preparation before the jukung race|
|Jukung heading out to the middle of the lagoon, where the winds will be stronger.|
Before the evening, it was the boys' turn to play soccer.
|Boys' soccer: blue plays yellow|
From the sadness of the graveyard visit to the joy of Nasheed, this Hari Raya was a profound experience for me. Thank you to Home Islanders for sharing it with me.