Hari Raya is a day that all Muslima around the world celebrate. In Malaysia, Hari Raya Puasa is a very important occasion celebrated by all Muslims in the country.
The words ‘Hari Raya’ mean ‘day of celebration.’ Hari Raya Puasa is often mistaken to be the Muslim New Year but it is not. It marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
On the day of Hari Raya, Muslims wake up early to visit the mosque to thank God for the blessings they have in life. They will seek forgiveness and receive ‘green’ packets of money from their elders.
They will dress in their new best clothes, they will pay a visit to their relatives, family and friends to dig into traditional delicious food; Ketupat (Rice cake), Lemang (glutinous rice) and many other traditional foods.
Women usually either wear a Baju Kurung, Baju Kebaya or Jubah. Meanwhile, Men wear the male version of a Baju Kurung together with a Kain Samping – a piece of cloth worn over the trouser of the Baju Kurung. It is common to see men wear a songkok on their heads as well.
Malay Muslim children traditionally kiss their parents’ hands and beg their forgiveness for any offences the previous year on Hari Raya Puasa. This practice is called salam.
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