Noise & Songs

August 23, 2010

The Ramadhan is into its 13th day and the ‘balik kampong’ fever begins, those city folks are planning their trips, those bachelors are rushing to buy the tickets and not too long from now the evergreens will be aired on all the airways….”SELAMAT……. HARI RAYA…….” Maybe into the third week of fasting, if my memory serves me well.

I for one never gets tired of all the golden oldies from the late T.S. P.Ramlee, Hail Amir, the late Sudirman and all the other veterans. I may be a bit biased, but the old timers songs are 1000 times better than the current yuppies we have today. They do not sing, they yell, shout and croak and it is very disgusting, singing is an art and they can’t do it!

The other part of the Ramadhan and Syawal is “fire crackers” ! KABOOM ! Another finger gets blown away, another kid losses his eyesight and another in CCU! Do we need all this nonsense in such a holy month? My guess is as good as yours.

The practice of fire crackers and loud noises are originated from the Traditional Chinese culture, they burn the fire crackers to scare away the “Dragon” who is reputed to have a desire and wants to eat and swallow the pretty MOON! The other notion is that, the loud noises from the crackers will drive away all the potential evil spirits and ghosts….from ones’ home!

After millions of years the moon is still very ok and never got eaten, and I do not think it will ever be eaten! Why in this country does others want to burn their “Money”, maim themselves and sometimes commit suicide? Isn’t all that  I have mentioned above is “against the real teachings of Islam”!

The Customs, Immigration and PDRM will always have a field day come any Raya season ( Raya Puasa, Raya Cina & Deepavali) raiding all the secret warehouses and confiscating the fire works! Not small fellows mind you, but real big loud banggers !

This never stops even though the authorities are successful in catching these suppliers & culprits, we still hear people playing and enjoying themselves everywhere in the towns and in the kampongs, how smart this suppliers are, I guess it is just like the drug menace that we have in this country, even though once caught, one can be hung, it still is readily available!

The “supply & demand” factor never ceases!


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