Ask prior generations of Malaysians what they find most memorable during Eid and you'll get varied answers which would probably include the food, meeting family, attending Eid prayers and giving/receiving "duit raya".
But most memorable, and most exciting to me during my childhood were the fireworks, now (?fortunately) banned in Malaysia...
... but not in the UK :p
I have always wanted to convey to Sarah and Amar how exciting the celebration of Eid is in Malaysia, and this year I decided to share some of my childhood memories of playing with fireworks with the two litle ones.
This year, Eid coincides with bonfire night (5th of Oct) and so fireworks could be found by the truck loads! Furthermore, Tesco is currently offering a "buy one get one free" offer for all fireworks - much to my happiness and glee.
I bought the evolution pack - £16 pounds worth of rockets, ferris wheels, greek fountains and various other explosives. Yess! ... and I got one packet free. That's a LOT of explosives.
We're now in Nottingham, where we normally celebrate our Eid with our family friends, and even though Eid for us is set on Monday, we still decided to open one box of the fireworks.
Man, it's difficult to photograph fireworks: (shutter set to "bulb" mode, ISO 100, F8)
Sarah originally was excited seeing all the pyrotechnics but after hearing the loud explosions, she became scared & remained inside the house. Amar didn't care less about the beautiful displays. In the end it was just us grown-ups; yours truly, uncle De and Shafiq who had the most fun!
One more box waiting for tomorrow, and several left overs from today too ... can't wait!