|Hari Raya Aidilfitri|
|Written by Administrator II|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:17|
Date: 19th August 2012
The Eid or commonly known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa in Malaysia, is celebrated on the 1st of Syawal (according to Hijrah Calendar) to mark the end of Ramadhan.
It is a national holiday in Malaysia and this year, it falls on the 19th of August.
In general, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a holiday that celebrates reconciliation, reunions and renewing of relationships with others, especially family members. You may find all the air and bus tickets all over Malaysia fully booked or sold out during this festive season as Malaysians take this opportunity to visit their family members and hometown.
Typically, Muslims start off their Hari Raya celebration by attending the special Hari Raya
prayers (Solat Sunat Aidilfitri) at the nearby mosques. After the prayers, families will usually visit the grave yards of their departed family members to offer some verses of doa’ (prayers).
As they arrive home, members of the family will ask forgiveness from each other, especially the elders by saying “Maaf Zahir Batin” as a sign of atonement. Children will usually receive some money or “duit raya” in colorful packets.
In Malaysia, it is customary for non-Muslim neighbors and friends to visit their Muslims friends during Hari Raya, as sign of respect and to enjoy the delicious food that have been prepared. Some of the special delicacies include Rendang, Nasi Impit, Ketupat, Lemang and Biskut Raya. Like any other Malaysian celebration, Hari Raya is a celebration for all Malaysians regardless of race, religion and creed.
Shopping Malls around Penang such as Gurney Plaza, Queensbay Mall and Straits Quay will be organizing various interesting activities during this festive season. Do visit their respective websites for more information.
To all our Muslim friends, we wish you Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir Batin. Have a safe and joyous Hari Raya.