Hari Raya Puasa comes before Hari Raya Aidilfitri festival; both are celebrated by the Malay community or namely the Muslims. Hari Raya Puasa festival is celebrated in the nine month according to the Islamic calendar, also called the Ramadan month. The Muslims will start celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri by following the sign of the new moon(Rukyah), which falls on the first day of Syawal. Syawal is the tenth month in the Islamic calendar.
Hari Raya Puasa is the day when all the Muslims has to fast for a month. Malays name the fasting period as Ramadan. The meaning for the Muslims to celebrate this festival by fasting is to show sympathy for the victim which is suffering from hungry and also they want to let the new generation appreciate the food and donít waste it and also to make the new generation to be more patience and discipline. Moreover it is also to reminder the Muslims of self-control and submitting to the holy Allah. Furthermore it is also as paying of zakat (alms tax for the poor).
Normally the Muslims will serve their dish before the sun rise. After
this they wonít eat or drink until the sunset. The Muslims also forbidden to
smoke or to have sexual relation. Only for the children, sick people and also
pregnant women can excuse to fast but they must replace.
Celebration for Hari Raya Puasa begins during the fasting period of Ramadan too. Women start to sew beautiful curtains and buy new clothes for the family. Some families also do renovation for the house so that the house would look better when the guests visit it during the festival.
After fulfilling their one-month of fasting, the Muslims would be joyful to celebrate
Hari Raya Aidilfitri.In
Malaysia, the period of fasting ends when the new moon is sighted on the evening
of the last day of Ramadhan. The actual sighting is conducted by state appointed
religious officials at various vantage points (usually at hilltops) throughout
the country. If the crescent is sighted, the following day is then declared the
first day of Aidilfitri, which is also the beginning of the 10th month of the
Muslim calendar Syawal.
On the morning of the festival, the Muslims would wear their new clothes and go to the mosque to pray. They offer their thanks to God and after that they would ask for forgiveness from their elders. This is an important custom followed by the Muslims.
They feel that the young ones asking forgiveness from their elders is very
essential. On the day, they also visit their relatives and friends to celebrate
the happy occasion. If you visit Muslims' homes on Hari Raya Puasa you can
expect to taste a wide variety of delicious spicy dishes. Some favorite dishes
that can be found in Muslims homes on this special occasion are ketupat,
lontong, nasi padang and beef rendang. The Muslims also have the habit of giving
packets of money to kids when they go visiting. The packets are usually be in
green color and children often look forward to getting these money tokens on
Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Overall, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a delightful festival for the
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