JKKN donates seven cows to eight villages in Batu Gajah for Hari Raya Haji

JKKN donates seven cows to eight villages in Batu Gajah for Hari Raya Haji

For the people: Nolee Ashilin (second from right) and Mariam (right) handing over a bag of beef to a villager.

For the people: Nolee Ashilin (second from right) and Mariam (right) handing over a bag of beef to a villager.

   
 

A FESTIVE spirit filled the Masjid al-Hidayah compound in Kampung Seri Kulim in Batu Gajah during the Hari Raya Haji celebrations there.

Children and adults crowded around as the mosque’s imam chanted prayers while slaughtering seven cows during the event organised by the Perak Culture and Arts Department (JKKN) on Oct 15.

The cows for the sacrificial ceremony were donated by the department, Tualang Sekah assemblyman Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi and several individuals.

A convoy of 50 motorcycles then distributed the meat to eight surrounding villages.

Nolee Ashilin said the Hari Raya Haji celebration at the constituency was more vibrant this year due to the involvement of JKKN under their Program Merakyatkan Seni dan Budaya.

“The sacrificial ceremony and meat distribution is to encourage generosity among those with the means to do so.

 

Boniah Alang Petah
I will definitely use the meat to whip up a delicious dish for my children and grandchildren who have come back for the Hari Raya Haji celebrations. — BONIAH ALANG PATAH

“The celebration is an avenue for them to donate to the needy,” she said.

State JKKN director Mariam Sulaiman said the department would hold the Program Merakyatkan Seni Budaya at nine districts in the state every year.

“It so happened that the date for the programme in Tualang Sekah coincided with Hari Raya Haji, so we decided to make the programme a religious celebration.

“We had Islamic talks and performances the day before, while the sacrificial ceremony was performed on the morning of Hari Raya Haji,” she said.

Boniah Alang Petah, 75, was seen talking to her daughters excitedly after receiving a bag of beef from by Nolee Ashilin.

“I will definitely use the meat to whip up a delicious dish for my children and grandchildren who have come back for the Hari Raya Haji celebrations,” said the grandmother of 34.

Khadijah Mohd Ali, 65, said she had not decided on the beef preparation as she was busy taking care of her grandchildren.

“The house gets so busy during festive seasons such as this to the point that I have no time to cook elaborate dishes.

“However, I do not mind the chaos and commotion because it means my family is back here with me,” she said.

Author: 
Cheryl Hew
Akhbar: 
The Star
Publish date: 
Friday, October 18, 2013