Also Called: Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Duration: 1 day
Celebrated by: Muslims
Attractions: Decorations, Lightings, Delicacies etc
Essentially a Malay term for Eid-ul-fitr, Hari Raya Puasa literally
means "Celebration Day of Fasting". This joyous occasion falls
on the 1st day of Syawal, the Muslim month. Also called Hari Raya
Aidilfitri, it marks the successful completion of fasting during
Ramadhan - the ninth month of Islamic Calendar. Fasting (in the month of
Ramadhan) is one amongst the five pillars of Islam and is usually
compulsory for every Muslim. The sight of the new moon determines the
commemoration of this cheerful occasion.
Hari Raya Puasa stands for personal triumph i.e. a victory of
self-discipline and abstinence that represents renewal and purification.
Muslims usually observe 'open houses' during the month to entertain and
treat friends. Hari Raya Puasa is observed with all rituals and
practices in Malaysia. In fact, it is celebrated on a grand level
because maximum of the Malays practice Islam. On this day, people wear
new dresses and gather for mass prayers in the morning.
After performing prayers, people go to the cemeteries to pay homage to
their deceased family members. People invite their friends and relatives
to celebrate the event. The traditional Malay delicacies, such as
Ketupat, Lontong, Nasi Padang and Beef Rendang, are made and dished up
on the event. Decorations and bright lighting are done in mosques,
homes, government and commercial buildings to commemorate the festival.
To mark the festival, people light oil lamps in their houses and
This occasion also stands for forgive and forget, where youngsters ask
pardon from the elders for their mistakes. Along with the blessings, the
elders grant packets of money to the children. Shopping complexes and
malls also take benefit of the festival by offering discounts and
arranging special programs for the visitors. However, the carousing goes
on throughout the month, public holiday is declared for first two days