Hari Raya is right around the corner, and it's time to get ready for the festivities! If you're living in Singapore, you know that this is a period of merriment and celebration where Muslims give thanks to Allah, and wish each other good tidings. Relatives visit each other and gather for drinks, laughter and family.
It's a special time of year, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Between finding an outfit for yourself, buying gifts for your family and friends, and planning festive meals - there's so much to do! Don't worry though - we're here to help.
In this article, we'll show you how to prepare for Hari Raya without breaking a sweat. We'll cover everything from cleaning up, decorations to menu planning- so you don't miss a single thing. Read on for tips on how to make this Hari Raya your most successful yet!
As the festivities draw nearer, it's time to get your home ready. First up — deep cleaning! This is an important step to make sure your home looks and feels festive and welcoming when your guests arrive. People moving around your house can kick up dust and grime, so ideally you would want to tackle this before welcoming visitors.
You'll want to start by dusting all surfaces and vacuuming carpets and rugs. Don't forget to move furniture out of its usual position so that you can get at the dust lurking beneath it. Then, use a damp cloth or mop to wipe down walls, floors, bathrooms and other surfaces in your home. Finally, clean up the windows, windowsills and other hard surfaces to ensure that no spots of dust remain.
Deep cleaning won't just make your home look its best — it will also help improve air quality in your home, which is especially important if you have people with allergies visiting this Hari Raya period. Plus, it's an opportunity for you to declutter -so take this chance to clean out cupboards, wardrobes and any other storage spaces around your home!
We know that cleaning can be a chore, especially if you haven't done it in awhile. That's why we are here to help! Our regular housekeepers can keep your home neat and tidy, or if you need a bit more manpower, engage our professional team for a full scale deep cleaning.
Getting your home ready for Hari Raya is just as important as preparing yourself, to provide a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Here are some practical tips to ensure you’re all set for the festivities:
With these steps you’ll have an inviting space ready for Hari Raya celebrations with family and friends!
As the saying goes “It’s all in the details.” Decorating your home for Hari Raya can be made so much better with a few simple touches, even if it’s as small as adding a festive banner outside your house. There are a few tips you can follow to really bring out the festive spirit.
Lighting is an incredibly important way to spruce up your home for Hari Raya and there are lots of options available, such as colorful strings of light bulbs, lanterns and cute Kelimas for a truly magical feel. You can also add fairy lights to adorn your living space.
When it comes to setting up your dining table for Hari Raya, why not go all out with decorations? Opt for floral-themed tablecloths and decorative plates, and top it off with beautiful centerpieces complete with potpourri or fresh flowers that will definitely draw oohs and ahhs from your guests!
If you already have the lighting and table setting covered, you can add subtle touches throughout your house like throw pillows with Malaysian batik designs or handwoven baskets that help create an inviting atmosphere. Finally, don’t forget to stock up on goodies like sweets and snacks that will put smiles on everyone’s faces!
Sometimes, all your furniture needs is a quick refresh to look their best. If your sofas, chairs and curtains haven't been cleaned in some time, it only takes a few hours to get them professionally cleaned, with either steam or upholstery cleaning. You can easily refresh and brighten their colours and give them a new lease of life!
Sprucing up your home does not have to cost an arm and a leg—you just need some creativity and imagination to create a festive environment for Hari Raya.
It’s wise to prepare your Raya menu early—getting the ingredients and cooking them during the last few days of Ramadan can be pretty tiring. Even if it’s just a simple spread, deciding your menu ahead of time will make your life a lot easier come the busy days before the festival arrives.
You don’t have to go all out, but no matter what you decide, here are some things you should keep in mind:
Raya isn’t complete without a signature dish or two. It could be an oat-infused nasi lemak, a tangy asam pedas fish that would put any restaurant to shame—whatever it is, make sure it will impress!
Your guests won’t forget how thoughtful you were when you had those snacks on hand! Whether it’s classic favorites like curry puffs and kueh lapis or sweet treats like dodol and kuih bingka, having light refreshments for visitors is a must!
Make some artisanal drinks at home! Use fresh fruit to create infused water, or whip up some favourite Milo or bandung. Not only do they contain healthier ingredients than store-bought ones, they also bring back memories of home.
Preparing your home for Hari Raya doesn't have to be a chore. All it takes is a little bit of planning and organization to get everything done in time. In addition to cleaning your house, try to get ahead of the game by stocking up on food and refreshments, plan your outfits, and make sure your car is ready for the occasion.
This Hari Raya, make sure your home is ready before you head out to visit your family and friends. With proper planning and organization, getting your home ready for Hari Raya can be an enjoyable experience. Have a great Hari Raya and Selamat Hari Raya!