On Friday, July 17, the first day of Syawal, Ipohites and fellow Perakeans came in droves to the Menteri Besar’s residence to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The event, held annually, provides the public an opportunity to share the joyous moment in the company of Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his wife, Datin Seri DiRaja Sharipah Zulkifli.
While enjoying the sumptuous spread, which included traditional delicacies such as lemang, ketupat, satay and rending tok, the crowd, estimated in excess of 5000 was entertained to dances and songs performed by state troupe, Selendang Perak. To add colour to the merriment Malaysia’s leading animated characters, Upin and Ipin, were present to charm the visitors with their brand of comical gestures and movements.
His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah and Her Royal Highness Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim arrived soon after. The newly crowned Sultan and his consort were the star attraction and many took the opportunity offered to take selfies and photos with the royal couple.
Although Aidilfitri is celebrated by Muslims, following the rigorous fasting month of Ramadan, the festivity is being shared by all Malaysians regardless of race and religion. It was in that spirit that Aidilfitri was observed that Friday afternoon at the MB’s residence.