|2018||22 Aug||Wed||Hari Raya Haji||National|
|23 Aug||Thu||Hari Raya Haji||Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis|
Hari Raya Haji in the Land of Malaysia: An Experience
Eid al Adha is a Muslim holiday that is celebrated under the name ‘Hari Raya Haji’ in Malaysia. The festival literally means ‘The Feast of Sacrifice’. Another name for the same festival is ‘Hari Raya Korban’.
In respect to the Islamic Scriptures, this day marks the ‘almost sacrifice’ of Ishmael by Ibrahim nearby Mecca at Mount Moriah. The Muslim belief goes as it was a command of God for Ibrahim to sacrifice Ishmael as a trail which Ishmael passed as he obliged to obey the extreme command and Ishmael was replaced with a sheep for sacrifice.
From the 10th day of Dhul-hijja, for four days, Muslims all over the world celebrate the Ishmael’s sacrifice. In Muslim countries, this festival is cited as a national holiday.
Malaysia’s Hari Raya Haji
- The moon-sighting committee declares the date of the festivities on day one of Dhul-hijja and then the date of holidays are determined on the basis of a lunar-based calendar. The news is then announced, nationwide.
- The celebration includes rising early in the morning to pray followed by visiting the mosque for a sermon. People wear new clothes, exchange gifts and pay visit to their friends and family and savour festive, meat-dominated delicacies.
- In honour of the legend, a sheep or goat is sacrificed and the meat is usually distributed among the poor to include them in the festive nature of Hari Raya Haji.
- Mosques are adorned with lights and decoration, fire crackers are set off during the festival night. This festival has no religious limits as Muslims host their Non-Muslim friends to familiarize them with Islamic culture.
- Many Muslims set on a voyage to Mecca, to complete one of Five Pillars of Islam, performing Hajj.
Visiting Malaysia during Hari Raya Haji? How to Celebrate?
- If you have Muslim friends there, look forward to accept an invitation to the festivities of Hari Raya Haji with a feast. You can also visit a slaughter house to experience the process of halal meat preparation or buy meat.
- Visit a mosque; see the beautiful ornamentation, and the grandeur of Islamic architecture.
- If you have knack for various cuisine, Malaysia cuisine will also delight you. Malaysian cuisine has a heavy influence of Indian and Chinese culinary over it but there are special touches. Dishes to try include Nasi Lemak (coconut milk with fragrant rice), Bean sprouts chicken, Mung bean porridge with curried beef and end with pineapple tarts.
- You can tour the Malacca City along the Malacca Straits which now is a tourist attraction. This used to be a power-centre of ancient Malacca Sultanate. You can also tour Portuguese settlement, Little India, Maritime Museum, Dataran Pahlawan Malacca Megamall, Chinatown, Malacca Sultanate Palace, Taming Sari Tower (361 ft. tall).
Malaysia is a land of culture, religious diversity and uniqueness that embodies the eternal charm of Asia. The festival of Hari Raya Haji can be your curiosity to visit the land of wonders to experience colours of Asia.