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Festivals of Malaysia ~ Hari Raya Puasa



Hari Raya Aidil Fitri



The most significant celebration for Muslims, it signifies the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The celebration is determined by sighting of

the new moon on the day,  before the next month on the Muslim calendar, Syawal. The words ‘Hari Raya’ mean 'day of celebration.' 



Ramadan is the name of the one-month fasting period when Muslims fast from

dawn till sunset. During the period of fasting, apart from eating and drinking, Muslims are also forbidden from smoking and having sexual relations. Only the

sick are excused from fasting during this month. Muslims are expected to avoid lying, breaking promise or cheating during the month of Ramadan. It is to remind them of the plight of the poor and to cleanse themselves by exercising

abstinence and self-control. Even the young are taught to fast.


The Celebration

Muslims starts the day by wearing new clothes and congregating in the mosques early in the morning to perform Hari Raya Puasa prayers followed by visiting the graves of the departed. The young will ask for forgiveness from their elders and

have open house for relatives and friends to come to their house. Plenty of traditional Malay delicacies are served during this festive season. Houses are thoroughly cleaned and decorated,  and lighting of oil lamps welcomes the angels which are believed to be visiting the earth during the seven days preceding the festival. The celebration lasts for a month but most of the celebration is concentrated in the first three days



Visiting Muslim homes on Hari Raya Puasa, you can expect to taste a wide

variety of delicious spicy dishes. Some favorite dishes that can be found in

Muslims homes on this special occasion are ketupat, lontong, nasi padang

and beef rendang. The Muslims also give packets of money to kids when they

go visiting. The packets are usually green in color and children often look forward

to getting these money tokens on Hari Raya Puasa. Overall, Hari Raya Puasa

is a joyous occasion for Muslims. 





• Fifth Moon • 9 Emperor Gods • Chinese New Year • Mooncake Festival •

• Hungry Ghost Festival • Deepavali • Thaipusam • Pongal • Gawai •

• Kaamatam • Kaul • Fiesta San Pedro   • Christmas • Hari Raya Puasa •








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