Monday, September 13, 2010

Hari Raya

"Selamat Hari Raya"

13 September Monday - Late Post

I should have posted this earlier but my internet was down for two days , the same reason - forgot to pay the bills haha.I was not feeling well too , I was under the weather for a few days.Okay guys , Hari Raya is still ongoing right now and it is important for us to learn more about this festival.I am living in Malaysia , a country of multi races and multi traditions.It is very vital for us to learn more about one another in order to evade the topic of racism in our society , nobody likes a racist nowadays.

"Muslim Children"

Eid al-Fitr , often abbreviated to Eid , is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan , the Islamic holy month of fasting.In Malaysia , this festival is more commonly known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri.Eid ul-Fitr is an arabic word means "festivity" , while Fitr means "to breakfast" , the holiday symbolizes the end of the fasting month.It is celebrated after the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan , the first day of Shawwai.

"Balik Kampung"

Aidilfitri is celebrated for the whole month of Syawal , but in Malaysia , only the first two days are observed as public holidays.But most people I know take holidays much more than that haha.It is pretty common to see that.People who are living in cities would take this time to get back to their hometowns just to meet their family members , this is popularly known as "Balik Kampung". Everyone is usually decked out in their traditional best to mark the special occasion. Men are usually dressed in Baju Melayu, while the Baju Kurung, the quintessential Malay attire for females, is the prefered choice for the fairer sex.

"Baju Kurung"

"Baju Melayu"

This is also a time of forgiveness of past sins , asking for pardon is done in order of seniority.The younger members of the family would approach their elder members to seek forgiveness , to salam.Then kiss the hand as a sign of respect.People in Malaysia even adopted the Chinese practice of giving money in packets to the children , but instead of red , the packets are green.

Families would even visit graves of their deceased loved ones.Graves are cleaned and cleared of overgrowth , prayers are also offered to Allah.Muslims would even hold grand parties or "open houses" to invite friends , families and people of other races to join in the fun.

"The ketupat is traditional Hari Raya fare is often served with beef rendang (beef cooked with spices and coconut milk) and or satay."

Ops my pencil is broken , hope you guys have a blast during this festival !


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