This year, Raya is going to be drastically different for many of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Admits the gloom of this pandemic, we are given the opportunity to become closer with our families and loved ones. It is the perfect opportunity for us to find creative ways to get into the Raya mood at home. With the current SOPs and celebratory restrictions, putting up simple decorations around the house can definitely help boost the Raya mood and you will be on your way to the ultimate Raya at home. So, here are some ideas for you to check out.
Matching table runners and cushion covers
Traditional motifs and middle eastern themes are favoured choices for Hari Raya. Having cushion covers and table runners with the same patterns will create a harmonious environment. Just think of them as highlights to a simple monochromatic colour scheme for the rest of the room. You can add matching curtains for a more schematic look.
Place fresh flowers everywhere
Fresh flowers in the living room will create a natural yet refreshing setting, while making your guests feel more comfortable and welcomed. It’s also a simple decorative element as you only need to place an order for a bouquet or drop by your local florist. Try not to use artificial flowers as the main centrepiece, because fake flowers can make your space look less dignified.
Fairy Lights to Create Magic
Fairy lights are small running lights that are very versatile and can be hung up either inside or outside your house. Keep them one colour, and gold or white lights are the best to create a luxurious and more classy atmosphere.
Bring out the moon and stars
The moon and stars are common decorative elements in Muslim culture, and you can always hang these in your house to give it that extra sparkle. It’s one of those things that you can’t go wrong with, and common colours you can choose are gold, silver and pale green. It will be even better if they light up, for that extra festive cheer.
Go green and natural
Green is a popular colour for Hari Raya, and the more natural greens you put in your home, the better. Weave some ketupat cases with real leaves and place them around your home, together with some leafy plants so that you weave in the green elements seamlessly into your home, rather than forcing it into the setting.
Add religious or ethnic-themed wall decorations
From batik hangings to Islamic calligraphy, you can fill an empty space with art that reflects your heritage. It can be framed, or just adhered to the wall directly. Be sure to choose a method of putting up these hangings that won’t damage your wall and can be easily removed after Aidilfitri is over.
Light up your home with lampu pelita (oil lamp)
Traditionally, lampu pelita were used to light up the way to nearby mosques as roads weren’t always lit at night. Nowadays, it is commonly used as decorations and to light up driveways to guide you home. Traditional oil lamps are a little complicated to set up but these days you can find many battery and solar powered ones. So, light up your home and bring some brightness to your neighbourhood this Raya.
While we navigate through a different kind of celebration this year, let’s make it one that is still full of meaning. Make your home shine this Raya with a few simple touches.
Selamat Hari Raya and may you have a blessed Raya with your loved ones!!