Before you continue, just ask yourself, how many Kad Raya did you receive this year?
How about last year?
Last two years?
Three years ago?
Before mobile phone come into scene, Kad Raya was a rage. I bet that you will agree that we used to send Kad Raya to our relatives, friends, teachers, lecturers, etc. before the arrival of mobile phone. There were many types of Kad Raya available in the market, most popular are those types which features ‘cartoons’ and joke. We used to hear the news that Pos Malaysia Berhad was short in staff to deliver those Kad Raya in time. We checked our mailbox everyday to see if there is any Kad Raya for us. We even competed with our siblings and friends on who will get the most Kad Raya.
However, that was around five years ago.
Nowadays, the ritual of sending Kad Raya to friends and family slowly began to decrease. People prefer to send just a text message (SMS) to family and friends. It is not wrong, of course, as it is the fastest, cheapest and affordable ways compared to traditional Kad Raya. However, I wonder, is it the feeling of receiving those SMS are comparable with the feeling of receiving Kad Raya?
Personally, I think that traditional Kad Raya has a ‘special feeling’ compared to SMS, MMS or even e-Cards. In every Kad Raya, the words were written by the sender himself, thus it shows sincerity, remembrance, goodwill, and nostalgia. Reading the handwriting of our friends and family, the signature, the feeling is totally different. Of course, most of us will keep those Kad Raya as a symbol of remembrance. We could hold the card, feel the ‘closeness’ and memory.
SMS, in other hand, is very different. Text, static, typed using the phone’s keypad (or other input method) and send. On average, I received around 100 Hari Raya SMS. But, rather obviously, the feeling is not really prominent. Reading the messages through my mobile phone screen, all the messages are similar: TYPED. No signature (except the sender’s name). I cannot touch it, just read it. The ‘closeness’ is somehow ‘absent’, although the senders sent it with sincerity, remembrance, goodwill and nostalgia.
This is how technology has change us. I am not saying that technologies are bad, but somehow it change the way we interact, the way we communicate. I do not know, if Kad Raya can survive in next 20 years? Maybe our next generation (our children) will only know e-Cards and SMS/MMS, and we are the last generation that experience the traditional Kad Raya. Who knows?
Do not laugh, but I think Kad Raya is our heritage. That is how our father and mother interact during their days.