It was such a beautiful day. The sun was out and we were out in our best baju rayas bought from home. It couldnt have been better planned. Eid fell on a Sunday. Everyone, except Taufiq, had a day off - Taufiq had to go to work until 6.30!
It was a perfect day for us too because nephew Azril flew in from Geneva to spend Hari Raya with us. So, its a hari raya with a difference for the Wans this year. The night he arrived, we planned all sorts of things - not least an extra car that we need to hire if we were to go from one place to another together. Thank God for online bookings, we got a cute little car from Eurocars in Marble Arch.
That night, I didnt sleep a wink; ironing telekungs and baju rayas. As I ironed Azril's baju Melayu, it suddenly dawned on me that this will be the last time he spends raya with us as a bachelor boy. He will be a married man soon, Insyaallah!
It was just as well that I had made extra efforts to make some kuehs this year. That night, after the ironing, I still couldnt sleep. So, I went downstairs and accompanied by Tabby and Kissinger, I made roti jala and chicken curry for breakfast. Usually I;d have nasi himpit and curry.
After prayers we went home to change and headed for the High Commissioner's residence in Hampstead. Droves of Malaysians in colourful clothes were heading that way too, following the aroma of satay on the grill.
AG and Hafiz -- macam dua beradik tak?
With daughters Rehana and Nona while waiting for Eid prayer. This year, eid prayer was held at the High Commission in Belgrave Square and it was estimated that 600-700 people turned up! The prayer was led by Ustaz Erfino and what a wonderful and interesting khutbah.
Taufiq couldnt join us for Eid prayers as he was working..and thus this pix wth him (in his pyjama bottom!) before we all trooped off to the High Commission.
Rehana and Hafiz in their new baju rayas. There's a story behind that sampin that Hafiz is wearing. I have never seen Hafiz so enthusiastic - he bought two pairs of baju melayus during his last trip back to Malaysia, and a few kain sampins. The week before, he tried on the clothes several times, trying the sampins and decided to send a red piece to a tailor to have it sewn. That night, he tried on the sampin and to his surprise, the tailor had sewn it into something not unlike a pillow case! We had a good laugh. So, he wore that one instead.
For NanaDJ - as requested: THE SAYANG MAMAS!!!!!!
Rehana Wan and Nona Wan
Hafiz Wan and Taufiq Wan