|2018||15 June||Fri||Hari Raya Adilfiltri||National|
|16 June||Sat||Hari Raya Adilfiltri||National|
Hari Raya Aidilfitri: ‘The Festival of Fast Breaking’
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the Malaysian name for the ‘Festival of the Breaking of Fast’ which is also known to the Muslims as Eid Al-Fitr. Another name for the festival is Hari Raya Puasa. This religious holiday is a national holiday in the country.
About Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks the end of Ramadan which is the holy month of Islam faith which is month of dawn-to-dusk fasting. Other than Hari Ray Haji, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the most important Muslim celebration.
In Malaysia, this is among the biggest festivals where a lot Muslim people visit their family home or Balik Kampong. It is a day that everyone wishes to celebrate with their families and friends. Malaysia is jam-packed in this time of the year as it is also a festival of tourist attraction as well as a homecoming festival.
Malaysia’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri
- This is a very warm-hearted festivals where families and friends come together to express love and seek forgiveness, they say prayers and visit mosques for sermons; they visit their ancestors’ graves, visit friends and relatives. Children receive tokens of love in form of gifts or money from the elders in green packets.
- Hari Raya Aidilfitri is an occasion of relishing traditional Malaysian delicacies such as Lemang (glutinous rice), Rendang, Ketupat (rice cakes), Curry and Satay.
- During the month of Ramadan, the houses are beautifully decorated with colourful lights, kampong, oil lamps and more. The shopping complexes and public places also doll up in a beautiful look for the festivities.
Traditional Clothes for Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Women either wear a Jubah or a Baju Kebaya and Baju Kurung.
There is a male version of Baju Kurung that is worn by men. The outfit is completed with a Kain Samping which is a cloth worn over trousers. Many men wear songkok on their heads for the occasion.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Greetings
- The most common Hari Raya Aidilfitri greetings used by Malaysian Muslims is ‘Selamat Hari Raya’ which stands for Happy Hari Raya.
- When you’re asking for forgiveness, you should say ‘Maaf Zahir dan Batin’.
- If you want to follow the Arabic origin, one wishes ‘Eid Mubarak’.
Ramadan in Malaysia and World
- Ramadan is a period of peace and communal well being which respects and honours the core values of Islam faith. This includes compassion for poor, worship, charity, patience and persistence during the month.
- All over Malaysia, the Ramadan month is the best time to taste the traditional Malay food.
- Neighbourhoods like TTDI, Section 14, Section 17, Pantai Dalam, Cheras and Kelana Jaya set up Ramadan bazaars which host huge collection of food stalls serving Malay food.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the heart-warming festival of Islamic tradition which is enjoyed with love, forgiveness and feat of delicacies where families come together. For plans to visit Malaysian during this time, it’s advised to book advanced tickets as people travel to their homes during this time.