The Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims. Hari Raya literally means ‘celebration day’, and Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the day that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of dawn-to-sunset fasting. The Ramadan period has communal aspects to it with many of the basic values of the Muslim community, such as empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness and patience being expressed more during this period.
Hari Raya is one of the biggest holidays in Malaysia, and many Muslims (and even non-Muslims) balik kampung (return to their hometown) a couple of days earlier before the festive day to be with their families and loved ones. Trafic on the highways is generally heavy during this time, at times severely congested, as folk make their way to their hometown and and back when their holiday ends.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri sees families and friends seeking forgiveness from each other, visiting ancestors’ graves, saying prayers at the mosque and visiting relatives and friends to feast traditional Malay delicacies like ketupat, rendang, satay, lemang and curry. It is truly a joyous celebration that involves happy feasting in homes everywhere where family members greet one another with Selamat Hari Raya.
During Ramadan, decorations of kampung houses, ketupats, oil lamps and colourful lights decorate big malls, like the one in the photo above at the Suria KLCC shopping mall.
Across the country, the Ramadan month provides great food choices for those who like to sample authentic Malay food. Ramadan bazaars are set up across various neighbourhoods with a huge selection of food stalls lining the streets. Business is brisk from 5pm onwards as folk (after work hours) thronged the stalls to buy their favourite food to break fast with at about 7.30pm. It’s a delight to walk about a bazaar to enjoy the sights, smells and the hum of brisk trade.
The photos below were taken at a local neighbourhood Ramadhan bazaar yesterday evening, the final break fast on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Wishing all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Happy Eid al-Fitr) and happy holidays.
Excerpted from http://publicholidays.com.my/hari-raya-aidilfitri/
All photos Fuji X-E1 with XF 14mm and 55-200mm