Another big part of Hari Raya is the visits. Everyone goes to all of their friends house to visit during Raya. And of course, food plays a big part of the visits. It always beings with tea and (lots of) small cookies, and then the family almost always brings out food, and LOTS of it. I mean a TON. One house I went to brought us 6 kinds of cookies and 6 plates of food. It was more food than I have for dinner back in the US. And on a normal Raya day we would visit 3-5 houses on one day, so we were quite stuffed with food. It didn't take me long to learn not to fill myself up at each house. During the visit the house owners will give all the guests that aren't married an envelope filled with month - anywhere from 1 RM to 60 RM ($.30 to $20.00). So far I have about 200 RM.
One special food eaten a lot during Hari Raya is the ketupat. A ketupat is a 3D square made a bamboo that is filled with rice. I actually learned how to weave the ketupat myself, which is more than the rest of my host family can say :P The ketupat itself has no special taste, it is only rice that is extremely dense, but it is often eaten with peanut sauce. It represents Hari Raya, and ketupat are found all over the streets and restaurants.
|Gift basket for Hari Raya - full of food|
|Ketupat - Original (made by yours truly)|
|Ketupat - Modern (and much easier)|
|Money and the envelopes it comes it|
|Half of the family the first day of Raya|