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SOMETIME before the fasting month ends — usually the third week of Ramadhan — radio stations will start spinning Aidilfitri songs. The classic tunes have withstood the test of time. You never tire of hearing them year in year out. It must be their retro melodies and simple lyrics that speak of the good times during Hari Raya, such as meeting relatives, eating traditional delicacies, playing with fireworks and going back to the home town. Here are among the popular ones:Seloka Hari Raya(Hail Amir & Uji Rashid) This joget-beat song infused with pop elements, is sung at the height of Hail Amir and Uji Rashid’s popularity. The lyrics allude to innocent flirting between the couple while emphasising the tradition of getting the blessing of parents (in courtship).
Balik Kampung(Sudirman) Raya songs are usually accompanied by melodies influenced by traditional Malay music such as joget, zapin or dondang saying. But Sudirman, always known for his unique style, managed to turn an Aidilfitri song into an infectious pop ditty.
Dendang Perantau(P. Ramlee) With a melody that is beautiful and yet mournful, the lyrics tells of the inability to go home due to unforeseen circumstances. It also perfectly sums up the longing to return to the hometown, familiar places and friendly faces. As a result, this song somehow became an unofficial anthem for Malaysians who are unable to go back to their hometowns or for those who spend their Aidilfitri in other countries.
Selamat Hari Raya(Saloma) This song owes its popularity to the upbeat music, the euphoria-inducing lyrics, and Saloma’s lilting vocals. Not forgetting the lyrics, where the joys of wearing new attires, eating ketupat and rendang, and meeting family members is the order of the day.
Satu Hari di Hari Raya(M. Nasir) Besides its mild joget-like rhythm, the lyric’s emphasis on Godliness and the spiritual aspect of Aidilfitri makes it truly unique as most Aidilfitri songs often emphasise the bodily and physical experiences, such as eating and making merry.
Selamat Hari Raya(Fazidah Joned) With a 60’s style Malay pop melody, the lilting vocals of Fazidah Joned makes this a winner. The song’s lyrics emphasises the trait of forgiveness, which is what Muslims are encouraged to do on the first day of Hari Raya.

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