Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2012 marks the end of Ramadan (also known as “Bulan Puasa”) for Muslims in Malaysia. In other parts of the world the holiday is known as Eid-ul-Fitr, in  South East Asia, it is called Hari Raya. Families gather and have a big feast to celebrate the completion of 30 days of fasting on this day. In the Malay language, “Hari Raya” literally translates in to “Day of Celebration”.

On Hari Raya, Muslims start the day by putting on clean, brand new clothing and going to the mosque to donate food and money to the poor and for a special prayer.  The younger people also show honor and respect to their elders and visit their ancestors’ graves. After prayer, it is usually followed by a visit to relatives and giving the children money and gifts. In the evening, there is usually a large family gathering and a big dinner. Malaysians also visit their Muslims friends and join in the celebrations in the open house concept.

Have a pleasant holiday and Selamat Hari Raya Puasa  to all Malaysians!

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