It is that time of the year again. Hari Raya, Eid al-Fitr, Ramazan Bayrami, Lebaran - no matter what one calls it, today marks the beginning of the Raya season. A time when Muslims all over the world celebrate the success of Ramadhan.
The season is also perhaps one of the best time to share the many wondrous tales of the wise Hikayats (folk stories/sagas) of our nenek moyang (ancestors). After all, this is when the old and the young will be under the same roof, when family and friends get together. On top of the sharing of stories and memories, we can take the opportunity to share magnificent Hikayats of bygone days.
For the #SaySomethingNice campaign, Zalina Aziz (fondly known as Ninot) will also share many Hikayats that she has meticulously researched and collected in her A Hikayat A Day initiative. A prolific folklorist, poet, and writer, Ninot has teamed up with Malek Rahim, a brilliant illustrator, to provide us with vibrant and rich drawings of the many Hikayats. The result has been nothing short of spectacular.
Bernama Radio24 has agreed to allocate air time for Ninot to share her collection of Hikayats. She will be on air every weeknight from 1 August 2013 onwards on the station's 8TO12 show. Definitely something to look forward to this Raya month.
On that note, allow us to wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a very Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir batin.
Lumrah insan suka berbudi,
Bagai bunga indah merimbun,
Salam Aidilfitri dari zubedy,
Salah silap, harap diampun.