Normally on Hari Raya, hosts will greet their guests by shaking hands and asking for forgiveness. However, that tradition has changed among Muslims celebrating Hari Raya within the ‘new normal’. Nurhazwani Has (left) greets her closest family members by checking their body temperature before they are allowed to enter her home at Kampung Skambal Melayu, Lundu. According to her, Hari Raya this year is celebrated in moderation with close family members while adhering to the guidelines set within the conditional movement control order (CMCO) which includes body temperature checks, social distancing, and providing face masks and hand sanitisers to guests.

This year’s Hari Raya proves to be an unforgettable experience for Izzudin Matzain (front) who is leading his family in performing the Hari Raya morning prayer in his home at Kampung Dagang, Lundu. Although they are not allowed to pray in the mosque in-line with the guidelines set within the conditional movement control order (CMCO), it is not an excuse for them to not fulfil their religious duties on the first day of Hari Raya.

As determined by the standard operating procedure (SOP) for Hari Raya, Cikgu Has sticks tape on the floor to help visualise social distancing guidelines of one metre for guests, who he says comprises close family members only.