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THE Hari Raya spirit is definitely in the air.

Whether it’s at the malls, at hotel restaurants or even the Ramadan bazaars, there is no mistaking that one of the country’s biggest annual festivals is back.

This is the time of year where classic Raya songs are played on repeat, no doubt evoking warm fuzzy nostalgic feelings.

If you can’t enough of the festive songs you hear in the malls or on radio, check out the videos of some of the evergreen hits:

Selamat Hari Raya – Saloma (1955)

This classic by the late songstress is a season staple for good reason — with a catchy tune and straightforward lyrics, it encompasses all that this festival is about.

Suasana Hari Raya – Sharifah Aini (1977)

This joyful tune touches on the joys of sharing a meal prepared specially for Hari Raya — ketupat, rendang, assorted kuih-muih, anyone?

Menjelang Hari Raya – DJ Dave (1977)

This upbeat song extols the beauty of Hari Raya, and how everyone — young and old, rich or poor — celebrates the joyous season.

Balik Kampung – Sudirman (1980s)

This infectious ditty is the anthem of thousands of urbanites as they leave the city for their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya.

Suatu Hari di Hari Raya – M Nasir (1981)

This classic tune pays tribute to the Almighty for the blessings given to one who is able to celebrate the festive season with his loved ones.

Pulang di Hari Raya – Noorkumalasari (1981)

This is another number that extols the virtues of returning home to celebrate with friends and family, and that we should be grateful to God for being able to do so.

Suasana di Hari Raya – Anuar Zain and Elina (1986)

Sung by a young Anuar Zain and Elina, this upbeat tune covers all the hallmarks of the season — celebrating with family and friends, seeking forgiveness and partaking in festive foods.

Indahnya Beraya di Desa – Azlina Aziz (1989)

This classic calls on those working and living in the cities to return to their hometowns to spend the festive season with their parents.

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