May 19, 2023, by Lisa Chin

A festive feast with postgraduates

Celebrating Hari Raya with postgraduates

In conjunction with the festive celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid Mubarak, we recently hosted our postgraduate students to a Hari Raya luncheon on 10 May 2023.

At the Graduate School, we enjoy gathering together all our postgraduate students for makan-makan (eating) session where we establish and maintain good rapport with one another.

The celebration started off with a welcoming remark by Ms Vimaleswari Danapal, Manager at the Graduate School, followed by an introductory speech by Dr Fook Choy Yap who recently joined us as an Assistant Manager for Researcher Training Development and Postgraduate Researcher Engagement. Last but not least, festive greetings by Muhamad Hishamudin bin Mohmad Hasim (fondly known as Hisham), Students’ Association (SA) Postgraduate Officer.

The occasion saw a good turnout of postgraduate students who represented a diverse range of cultures and religions. This international diversity is one of the many characteristics that makes us a truly global university.

In the midst of the festivity, the best part about celebrating Hari Raya is the renewing of communal ties and bonds. For us at the Graduate School, it was a wonderful and great feeling to be able to share the joy of celebrating Hari Raya together with our postgraduate community. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended this special occasion with a great Malaysian spirit of muhhibbah (goodwill).

Through our annual festive celebrations, we hope to promote and foster the spirit of unity and postgraduate camaraderie.

Our all-time favourite Raya ad which highlights patience, tolerance and togetherness

A truly Malaysian tradition, festive season calls for festive commercial advertisements. All the big brands vying for our tears, either through emotions or laughter.

We would like to share with you our all-time favourite Hari Raya ad, “Rumah Epik Fantastik” (Epic Fantastic House), which focuses on common and relatable dilemmas faced by many Malaysians, especially during the festive season.

The ad, by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) which is the only electric utility company in Peninsular Malaysia, shows a typical Malay household. It centres around a boy helping his grandmother with house chores for the big day and despite the hustle and bustle of a big celebration, everything turns out well as a result of tolerance and family togetherness.

Although it was produced five years ago in 2018, we thought that it is a must-see so for those who have not watched it, so do check it out by simply clicking on the image below!

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