Hari Raya in Malaysia and Singapore
Eid al Fitr is the most important festival for Muslims in many parts of the world, including in Singapore and Malaysia, where the festival is called as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa. It celebrates the end of Ramadan (Puasa Month/ Fasting Month), the month where Muslims are obliged to Puasa (Fasting) from dawn to sunset.
When is Hari Raya 2012?
Hari Raya 2012 is predicted to fall on Sunday, 19 August 2012. It falls on 1st Syawal in Islamic calendar, however the exact date is to be confirmed by the Islamic authority based on moon sighting.
Hari Raya 2012 Celebration
“Hari Raya” are Malay words which literally means “Celebration Day” in English. And it is certainly one of the biggest holiday in Singapore and in Malaysia. During the Bulan Puasa (Fasting Month – Ramadan), shopping malls and special markets across Malaysia are crowded with people buying new clothes, home decorations accessories, and special Hari Raya foods. Even in Singapore, where Muslims doesn’t make a majority of population, the crowd can be seen in Muslim-congregated areas such as in Geylang Serai.
On the Hari Raya, Muslims will wear new clothes and start the day by praying at the mosques. Prior to praying, Muslims are required to do charity for the needy and poor. The young will pay respect and ask for forgiveness from the elderly. It is also customary for people to visit the gravesite of the ancestors on Hari Raya. After that, people practice “open house” where people visit each other to ask for forgiveness and strengthen the bonding.
Zakat Fitrah and Interpretation
Festive is the end of that period to pay zakat zakat fitrah is imposed on those who still live up to that time. Zakat fitrah is not payable for those who have died. Normally, Muslims will start to pay zakat fitrah since the month of fasting and zakat fitrah from this will stop collection when Aidilfitri prayers started. Thus, prayers are usually slightly delayed Aidilfitri Aidiladha prayers. Wisdom missed some prayers Aidilfitri is to provide opportunities for those who have to pay zakat to discharge their duties and encouraged to eat first before going to the mosque. It is different, encouraged advanced Aidiladha prayers time for giving more time to slaughter the sacrifice.
Symbol of Hari RayaAidilfitri
Well-known symbol for Hari Raya in Malaysia is ketupat Ketupat is a kind of special food is still served today. Ketupat is rice steamed in woven coconut leaves or leaves Palas and usually served with rendang. Other food delicacies, including lemang, rice cake, dodol, and the raya biscuits.However, other symbols based on Islam as the word of God and the Prophet Muhammad, flowers, plants, geometric, and other elements that no illegal also are encouraged to use as a symbol of Hari Raya.
Preparation of Hari Raya Aidilfitri
In Malaysia, Hari Raya is celebrated with lively. Weeks before the festival appeared, the atmosphere was felt Fitri preparations. The shopping centers will provide shopping bargains and decorated with ornaments on a large scale. Songs will be played on radio and on television. Centers around programs Aidilfitri will appear in televisyen and radio. Banks, schools and business premises will be closed for several days to a week Aidilfitri.
Main roads and highways throughout the country, congestion will occur as a result of the influx of city residents who returned to their hometowns to celebrate Aidilfitri with relatives and family members. This phenomenon is also known as BALIK KAMPUNG.
Planning your Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday
There is so many place to take a holiday when Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia. Common place to have a holiday at Malaysia is:
- Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan ( Lot of beautiful beach )
- Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang ( Lot of beautiful beach )
- Lost World of Tambun, Perak ( Water Theme Park )
- Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, Perak ( Water Theme Park )
- Pantai Cahaya Bulan, Kelantan ( Lot of beautiful beach )
- Pulau Langkawi, Kedah ( Beautiful Island and Beach )
- Desaru Beach, Johor ( Lot of beautiful beach )
- Pulau Pangkor, Perak ( Beautiful Island and Beach )
- Cherating Beach, Pahang ( Beautiful beach )
- Pulau Redang, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Gemia, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Tenggol, Pulau Rhu Hentian, Terengganu ( Beautiful Island and Beach )
Hari Raya 2012 is a public holiday in Singapore and a 2-day public holiday in Malaysia.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2012 !
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