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How do Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri?

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Posted on 14 June 2018



What is Hari Raya Aidilfitri?

Hari Raya itself means ‘celebration day’. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the celebration that ends the month-long fast known as Ramadan. Hari Raya is celebrated by Muslims in Malaysia with utmost festivity and enjoyment. Hari Raya Aidilfitri falls on 15th and 16th of June this year (2018).

Beautiful decor. Photo taken by: glycoleap

What happens on the day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri?

Muslims awake early in the morning to visit the mosque, thank God for the blessings they have in life. Later in the morning, they gather with their family to seek forgiveness and receive ‘green’ envelopes of money from their elders.

 

Forgiveness. Photo taken by: thefinder 

While dressed in their brand new and best clothing, Muslims all over Malaysia will visit their close relatives, other family members and friends. In their visits, Muslims dig into traditionally culture food that is absolutely delicious!

Photo taken by: nst

Delicious Hari Raya foods

Some of these foods include: Ketupat (rice cakes great to be eaten with some Rendang), Lontong (curry-like dish of coconut milk-based soup), Lemang (glutinous rice), Rendang (spicy meat dish of beef, lamb or goat; and coconut milk, chili, ginger and garlic), and many many more!

Ketupat. Photo taken by: leeweebrothers

Lontong. Photo taken by: youtube 

Lemang. Photo taken by: mstar

Not crispy Rendang. Photo taken by: siraplimau 

Traditional Hari Raya clothing

Women typically wear a Baju Kurung, Baju Kebaya or Jubah.

Photo taken by: jakel

While men wear Baju Melayu, together with Kain Samping - a cloth worn over the trouser of Baju Melayu. It is also common to see men wearing a songkok on their heads as well.  

 

Photo taken by: says

As for non-muslims, there is no expectation that you wear traditional Hari Raya clothing. But the festive occasion does make for truly enjoyable participation in wearing such attire for everybody, regardless of race or religious belief.

 

How about gifts?

Most Muslims in Malaysia do not expect to receive gifts from their guests. If guests insist on presenting a gift, then sweets, cookies or kuih would be most definitely appreciated!

Photo taken by: gourmandasia

 Gifts like wine, champagne or other alcoholic products are prohibited by Muslims and would not make an appropriate gift for this occasion!

Greetings

“Selamat Hari Raya” is the traditional greeting used, it means ‘Happy Hari Raya’. Another common greeting is ‘Maaf Zahir dan Batin’ which means ‘I seek forgiveness from you’.

 

Get together. Photo taken by: says

Many Muslims also say ‘Eid Mubarak’ when they greet one another, the term is Arabic by origin and also means ‘Happy Hari Raya’.

 

Back to hometown

Muslims usually travel back to their hometowns for to celebrate this festive occasion.

 

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