Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Malaysia Festivals and Celebrations

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or popularly known as Hari Raya Puasa in Malaysia marks the end of Ramadhan, the Islamic holy fasting month for Muslims, and celebration start on the end of Ramadan and on the first day of  Syawal, the tenth month of the Muslim calendar.

The festive mood actually starts much earlier,  after 20 days of fasting, Muslims will light oil lamps outside their homes for seven days and their home is well furnished and decorated for this joyous occasion.

Muslim usually start their Hari Raya with a light breakfast in the morning and will go to the  mosques for prayers follow by visits to the graves of the departed. Family members will dressed in their best clothes for this occasion and younger members will formally ask for pardon from their elders for sins of commission and omission in the previous year.

Although the official holiday is only two days, the celebration will last for even a month and Muslims will hold “open-house” to entertain friends and well-wishers with festive goodies.

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