Nak Duit raya..

What happen in my first day of Raya?

Well, i woke up early this morning to perform Raya's prayer. I guess this is the main event of the day. The second event is to visit cemetery. Other than that, eat whatever prepared by my mother in the kitchen.

Watch TV all day long. Some of my aunt were coming to my house. Come then leave. Nothing interesting happen this day. I guess i was too old to celebrate Raya with blossom time of mood.

I use to call my home as a 'haunted' home since not many children dare to come to my house during Raya. But then, today there is a few kids came and as usual, asking for duit raya ( ang pow in chinese but Malay also used to call it Angpau. 1Malaysia eh).

I am thinking, is this tradition a good tradition? Asking people for money? begging for money? Money without any effort. Just came and beg for it. I guess it is not.

However, according to my father, it is charity. We gave money to the children as charity. That is the good aspect of this tradition. But to look it the other way, we also encouraging the children to beg for money. What if a 20 years old guy came to your house and ask for money? Would it be nice? No. But because they are children, under age, still going to school, so it is good for us to give some charity to them. Islam is all about charity. Helping the poor to live. No one is left behind.

But i'm kind of thinking, how about we change this thing a little bit. what if instead of giving those children who beg for duit raya what they want, we might give them maybe some quiz, or something like that. Whoever get the correct answer deserved the money. Haha. Let us teach the children the real image of this world. There is no free money!.

My family laugh at me when i say this. But i still post it here. haha. For a good laugh. And for us to maybe think something behind the story.


  1. well said brother... well, for me we are not asking the children to beg for money but in Chinese we use to call it as a wealth enhancement (i dont really believe it but i think it's a traditional practice) where a child will wish the elders lots of health and wealth, in return the elders will give them a lil bit of appreciation... i miss ur mum's food brother.... i can just sit at the dining table all day long.... have a happy Raya celebration.. miss u too man... encore... :)

  2. waiting for your entry of what happen in your 2nd day of Raya. hehe

  3. wai hong: I missed that time too. haha. So many thing to miss. It is such a burden.


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