Friday, April 30, 2010

Raya Qur'ban in Tanah Merah, Kelantan.


So it was the time of the year, when Muslim's celebrate Hari Raya Qur'ban/Raya Haji. We decided to slaughter a goat this year for Mama, as she just converted. But b'coz 'Ayah' (sis-in-laws dad), wasn't able to find one at the last minute, so he ended up purchasing a sheep.

We left for Tanah Merah, at about 9am, and by the time we reached there it was almost 6 something in the evening. Due to the jam in the lil towns that we pass and the over crowding at public toilets at the R&R.

Anyway, alhamdullilah we reached our destination safely. After refreshing and praying, we went to check out the sheep that Ayah bought for Mama's Qur'ban, it looks huge (sori didn't take any pictures). So than, Mak (sis-in-laws mum) made us dinner, we chit-chat, and went off to sleep by 12am or so.

The next morning was Raya Qur'ban, Mak prepared nasi lemak for breakfast, and than we decided to get ready to go to the Mosque for Raya Qur'ban prayers, but i guess we were late, coz by the time we pass the Mosque and the Surau's nearby, the Imam's were already giving their Khutbah. Probably, it was b'coz it was a Friday, so the Raya Qur'ban prayers could have started earlier. We decided to head back to 'Ayah's house, an hour later, all the man in the house were called to the back, coz the Imam had arrived to recite some prayers, before the sheep is slaughtered.

By the time i went to check it out, the sheep has already been slaughtered and they are removing the coat of fur that was once was on the sheep. I'm looking at the hubby helping out 'Abeh' (sis-in-law's brother), from a far. He looks like he was disgusted with it, but just have to put a brave face on. Anyway, it took almost 2 hours for them to clean, cut and coat the sheep's meat with 'chalk powder' so it doesn't smell. Mak used all the meat to cooked up a gulai. By noon, a feast was prepared for relatives and friends to come and feast. It didn't taste that bad, but i'm glad i didn't have to witness the slaughtering, i always find it hard to hear animals moaning, when they're about to be slaughtered. But it seems, the sheep somehow knew it was going to be slaughtered, so when they put it to lie on the ground, it just obeyed without retaliating.

We stayed in Kelantan for another 2 days, and decided to head home. This time Wong, followed us in the car. And that is the first time, i experienced having bad nausea and vomitting. Practically the dinner i had at the R&R were all flushed out of my stomach, i never had a bad experience like this before. That was when my vomitting experience started. Ever since we got back from Kelantan, i've been enduring it, up till i'm 5 months pregnant. Sigh, i guess that's what you have to go through when you wanna have a baby ^_^

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