Family keeps alive Hari Raya traditions

Ms Norkhatilah Maricar with her husband Safza, 43, their children Sohayl, four, Suhaym, six, and Sayf, nine, and maid Leni (standing), 37. They have set up lampu pelita, traditional lamps used during the festivities, outside their flat in Eunos. ST P
Ms Norkhatilah Maricar with her husband Safza, 43, their children Sohayl, four, Suhaym, six, and Sayf, nine, and maid Leni (standing), 37. They have set up lampu pelita, traditional lamps used during the festivities, outside their flat in Eunos. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

To get her beef rendang ready for Hari Raya Aidilfitri today, Ms Norkhatilah Maricar stood over a pot on high heat yesterday, watching and stirring the spicy meat dish for three hours.

It was an enjoyable task for the 43-year-old executive secretary at a law firm because it was a chance to share her love of traditions, especially food, with her three sons and other loved ones.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2019, with the headline 'Family keeps alive Hari Raya traditions'. Print Edition | Subscribe