Symbols of Deepavali and Hari Raya

DEEPAVALI

kolam

Here are some photos I snapped these few days. The above is a kolam made of coloured rice grains.

Kolam is an auspicious art of decorating courtyards and pooja rooms/prayer halls in South India drawn mainly by women and girls. Some women use rice flour to draw a kolam, which is the traditional medium to be used while others use sandstone or limestone powder.

Generally, a kolam is drawn with bare fingers using predetermined dots. The dots are either connected together to make a pattern or loops are drawn encircling the dots to complete a design

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HARI RAYA

lemang

This is the lemang, a speciality for Hari Raya. Rows and rows of these stalls were located along the Karak Highway. A tube is sold at RM5. It is yummy delicious rice cooked with coconut milk, wrapped with banana leaves and slowly bake over charcoal or wood fire in a bamboo tube.

lemang2

Lemang is best serve with serunding or rendang. I believe all our Muslim friends are eating lemang right now?

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6 thoughts on “Symbols of Deepavali and Hari Raya

    Amber Amethryne

    (November 4, 2005 - 1:03 am)

    Had my lemang and serunding. Am not a fan of rendang. My dad and I drove around our hometown (somewhere up north) for lemang and didn’t get to buy any – they were either sold out or not ready yet. The sellers refused to accept orders (silly, right?) and told us to return in 3 hours. We did and the lemang were still not ready and told to wait for another 1 hour. I was like, hell, I wasn’t going to wait anymore. Luckily, my mum’s friend gave her 1 tube of lemang. That was enough for me as I wanted a bit or two only (can’t have lots of lemang and ketupat pulut, make me drowsy).

    Amber Amethryne

    (November 4, 2005 - 1:04 am)

    Had my lemang and serunding. Am not a fan of rendang. My dad and I drove around our hometown (somewhere up north) for lemang and didn’t get to buy any – they were either sold out or not ready yet. The sellers refused to accept orders (silly, right?) and told us to return in 3 hours. We did and the lemang were still not ready and were told to wait for another 1 hour. I was like, hell, I wasn’t going to wait anymore. Luckily, my mum’s friend gave her 1 tube of lemang. That was enough for me as I wanted a bit or two only (can’t have lots of lemang and ketupat pulut, make me drowsy).

    Wuching

    (November 4, 2005 - 8:35 am)

    lemang looks delicious, i still remember when i was back in malaysia my friends & i cooked some chicken pieces with mushrooms in soup inside the bamboos over hot coal..it was magnificent!

    Administrator

    (November 4, 2005 - 8:36 pm)

    Wuching – That sounds like Boys Scouts cooking!

    Amber – I think up north people don’t make lemang as good as the down south ones. Last time when I was in Tampin, I ate the bestest ever!

    Amber Amethryne

    (November 5, 2005 - 2:57 am)

    My uncle claimed that Terengganu lemang is the best. I still think my mum’s homecooked lemang is best, but she refused to make any this year as she had enough of baking and cooking. She made 9 different types of biscuits, 10 types of cakes and caramel custard for own consumption, sales as well as give-aways to relatives!

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