|Welcoming Ramadhan 2012|
|Written by Administrator II|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 23:17|
On the 21st of July 2012, Muslims all over the world welcomed the holy month of Ramadhan.
During Ramadhan, Muslims abstain from food and drinks and indulging excessive or ill-natured conduct, from dawn to dusk. It is one of the 5 pillars of Islam, an obligation for Muslims. Ramadhan is a month of spiritual reflection, where one learns the value of patience and perseverance. The end of Ramadhan is marked on the 1st of Syawal, where Hari Raya Aidil Fitri is celebrated.
In Malaysia, especially Penang, Ramadhan is greeted with a feast of delicious food and drinks. All over the state, you can find Night Markets (Pasar Malam) or Ramadhan Bazaars (Pasar Ramadhan) with an abundance of delicious food and drinks for the breaking of fast (buka puasa). Although Ramadhan is observed by Muslims, one can find a multiracial and multi-religious crowd at Ramadhan Bazaars, equally excited to break fast with their Muslim brothers and sisters. Some of the Ramadhan Bazaars specialty are Ayam Percik (Roasted Chicken) , Roti Jala, traditional deserts and Ice Kacang (shaved ice with sweet syrup and nuts).
On top of that, most mosques and surau give away free Bubur Lambok (mixed porridge) for people, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Ramadhan also attracts a bountiful of international tourist, particularly from the Middle East to the island. This is simply because the Ramadhan experience here is very unique. Although Ramadhan is observed by Muslims, non-Muslims can also participate, especially during breaking of fast. This has become part and parcel of the local culture and truly reflects the spirit of “Muhibbah” in Malaysia and the blessed month of Ramadhan in whole.
The Penang State Tourism and Culture would like to wish all Muslims "Selamat Meyambut Ramdhan ".
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 23:34|