Hari Raya Aidilfitri is also known as Hari Raya Puasa. It literally means "Celebration Day of Fasting" a Malay term for the Muslim Festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. Hari Raya is also known as Lebaran (usually among Indonesians). Muslims in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore celebrate Eid like other Muslimsthroughout the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari_Raya
The main greeting used by Muslims in Malaysia and Singapore is "Selamat Hari Raya" which means “Happy Eid”. Another greeting commonly used is “maaf zahir dan batin”, which means “I seek forgiveness (from you) physically and spiritually”. Hari Raya is a time to reconcile and renew relationships with others. ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari_Raya http
Preparation On the eve of Hari Raya, Muslims will recite the takbir, which is held in mosques and surau (smaller place of worship). In some communities, there will be congregations reciting the takbir from house to house. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari_Raya
Preparation In big cities and towns, shopping malls and commercial centres will hold big promotions and price discounts for festive shoppers as people purchase clothes and supplies. Decorations are hung in public areas and will be played in shopping complexes. The media, such as the television will host various programs in conjunction with the celebrations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari_Raya
Celebrating Usually on the eve of the celebrations, family members, especially mothers and housewives, will be busy preparing food, cakes, sweets, biscuits and various delicacies to be served on the day of Hari Raya. Delicacies such as ketupat or rice cake and a meat cuisine called rendangare among the most famous cuisines that are served during this day. Other family members will help in other chores such as decorating and cleaning up the house.
Celebrating Days before Hari Raya, house compounds, particularly those in the countryside will be lit up with oil lamps known as pelita or panjut. This display of oil lamps will reach its height on the 27th night of Ramadan, called the night. 'Likur' literally meaning a figure between 20 and 30, hence 'tujuh likur' means twenty seven. However, now, in cities like Singapore, houses are lit up with decorative lights instead known commonly by the Malays as ‘Lampu Lap Lip”
Celebrating It is customary for Malays to wear traditional Malay costumes. The dress for men is called baju Melayu while the women's are known as and . Traditional textiles such as songket and batik are worn favourably during this day. Muslims will attend Eid Prayer in the morning and consecrate together harmoniously while taking the chance to meet and greet each other. Once the prayer is done, it is also common for Muslims in Singapore to visit the grave of their loved ones.
Celebrating The rest of the day is spent visiting relatives or serving visitors. Hari Raya is a very joyous day for children for this is the day where adults are extra generous. Children will be given token sums of money, also known as ‘Duit Raya’ from their parents and elders.
QUIZ • Hari Raya Aidilfitri is also known as ____________________. • What is the common greeting used during Hari Raya? ____________________. • What do Muslims recite on the eve of Hari Raya? They recite the _________________. • Name two most famous cuisines during Hari Raya. _____________ and _____________. • Where do the Muslims go in the morning of Hari Raya? They will go to the ________________________. • Children will be waiting for ________________ from their parents and adults. • Hari Raya is a time to ____________________________________________. • The 27th night of Ramadhan is called ______________________________.