Hari Raya Aidilfitri is coming soon.
Do you know why is Hari Raya Aidilfitri an important day for Muslims?
During Ramadhan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, all adult Muslims have to practice dawn-to-sunset fasting. While fasting, they refrain from consuming food, drinking, smoking and any sinful behaviors including false speech and fighting. Ramadhan is the month of reflection to stop all bad habits and pick up good behaviors by doing more good deeds and charity.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks the end of Ramadhan, welcoming a better self after the holy month.
In Malaysia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a very important holiday. Even though you might not be a Muslim, as a part of the nation, you could also celebrate the holiday happily together with your friends and family.
At times, we are rude to our parents and upset them. Moreover, we don’t have many times to accompany our parents, in-laws and other elders. Of course, it is understandable because we need to work hard to support the family, but the fact that our elders are lonely is undebatable.
During Hari Raya Aidilfitri, those who work in the city will return to their hometown to celebrate with their families and to ask forgiveness from parents, in-laws, and other elders. Regardless your religion, this is a very good chance for everyone to go back home and spend quality times with the elders and apologize about what you did wrong.
Visit Your Muslim Friends
If your Muslim friends invited you to their open house, you should visit them happily. Just make sure you dressed up modestly, then you can show up with your big smile and greet the host “selamat hari raya”. Be ready that there will be a lot of tasty traditional Malay food like rendang, mee rebus, lontong, and all the mouthwatering traditional kuih like talam, ketayap, kuih lapis, sagu, etc. Chitchat with the hosts and other guests and end every of your conversations by wishing them all the best in the new year.
Our Malay friends normally will wear the traditional Malay clothes during Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Traditional clothes especially women’s clothes like Baju Kurung and Baju Kebaya are very beautiful. There are a lot of boutiques − both offline and online − selling modified Malay clothes which are very fashionable and elegant.
You can wear these traditional clothes to your friends’ open house, to work and basically to any place you want to go. You can play on your color scheme to pop the celebration atmosphere!
Malaysia is beauty in it’s multicultural. Appreciate one another’s cultures are the best thing we can do for the nation.
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Selamat Hari Raya!