Getting Ready for the Big Celebration (Part 1)
Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of a month of fasting for Muslims. It is a day of joyous celebrations. Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, or also known as Hari Raya Puasa, to conclude the Ramadan holy month of fasting. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is regarded as a merry celebration as it marks a person’s triumph and success on discipline and self-resistance which symbolizes refinement and rebirth.
When the new moon is seen on the evening of the last day of Ramadan, the fasting period comes to an end. Such sightings are made by religious officials at various hilltops throughout the country and when the crescent moon is seen, the following day marks the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Those working in the cities will return to their hometowns (balik kampung) and reunite with their parents, relatives and old friends in the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Although the cities start to be populated again at the end of the week, the celebration doesn’t end there as one month of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations follow a month of fasting. People continue visiting each other’s homes and throwing open houses and get the opportunity to catch up with friends and family while indulging in the various delicacies!
The fasting doesn’t deter the celebrants from making preparations to welcome Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The excitement builds up way before the first day, sometimes as early as when Ramadan starts where families start to shop for new clothes, delicacies and goodies and furnish their home with new furniture and decoration weeks. Brightly-colored lights, in the common hues of green, yellow and gold, can be seen adorning the mosques and the offices of government agencies.
Surprisingly, there are a few uses of sparkling water that will help you in your preparation towards Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
1. WASH FACE
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a time of gathering with friends and family, so it is also a time when you’d want to look your very best and wow those around you. To me skin is the most crucial elements in making sure that you will look your very best on Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Originated from Japan and later became popular in Korea, it is said to come with several benefits, including firming and tightening up the skin, removing dead skin cells, and purifying the pores. Aside from doing away with dirt and grime, the bubbles in the beverage are known to deliver oxygen to the skin’s barrier, which can tone down puffy areas for a smoother, suppler look.
Setting it up is easy; all you have to do is fill a bowl with one part carbonated water and mix it with an equal amount of regular H20 (this will dilute some of the fizziness so that it’s not too harsh on the skin). You can use it while cleansing or submerge your face in the treatment for 10 to 15 seconds—just don’t do it more than once or twice a week to avoid irritation. Another option is to dab some of the liquid on a cotton pad and apply it as a toner. If you stick to the routine, your skin should appear fresher and more radiant in as little as a month.
2. CLEANING AGENT
During Hari Raya Aidilfitri, it’s in the tradition to clean your house from scratch and makes it look as good as new. Now cleaning the entire house is not an easy task. Doing it while fasting makes it even harder. Sparkling water surprisingly can act as an inexpensive, natural cleaning agent. This versatile product can be used on a variety of surfaces throughout your home, and eliminates the need for harsh chemicals. It is easy to clean with sparkling water since the “fizz” does most of the work for you.
- Clean sticky spots on floors. Instead of scrubbing, pour a small amount of carbonated water onto stubborn spots and simply wipe dry.
- Pour or spray soda water on laundry, carpet and upholstery The bubbling action will lift the stain to the surface of the fabric so you can blot it out easily. Repeat as needed.
- Shine kitchen and bathroom fixtures with carbonated water. It’s an especially good option for chrome, but also works wonders on counter tops and sinks. Just spray and wipe.
- De-grease cooking pans. Pour some soda water into cooking and baking pans while they are still warm and watch the fizz dissolve the grease and lift baked-on food. Finish by washing pans as usual.
- Wash the windows throughout your home or in your car with sparkling water. Fill a spray bottle with sparkling water, and spray onto glass just as you would with a conventional cleaning product. Wipe the glass with paper towel until it is dry, for a streak-free shine.
You can basically use sparkling water to clean almost your entire house! How amazing is that?
So what are you waiting for? Start pumping your SodaXpress machine for a sparkling Hari Raya!
More tips coming up next week. Stay tuned!