Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a
very important occasion celebrated by Muslims all over the world.
It is also known as the festival that commemorates the close of
one month of fasting in Islam. The words ‘Hari Raya’ mean 'day of
celebration.' Many mistake Hari Raya Aidilfitri for the Muslim New
In Indonesia the feast is named Hari Raya Idul Fitri or
informally Hari Raya Puasa. Hari Raya literally means The Great
Day of (Celebration).
After the end of Ramadan, which is the name of the one-month
fasting period when Muslims fast for a period of almost 12 hours.
Only the sick are exempted from fasting during this month. Muslims
are expected to avoid lying, breaking promise or cheating during
the month of Ramadan. The basic aim behind the fasting during
Ramadan is to remind the Muslims of self-discipline and
reconciling to Allah, the holy one.
Even kids are instructed to
fast when they are young. The preparations for Hari Raya Aidilfitri in
Indonesia start from one month ahead. People hop from shop to shop
to buy new clothes.
The whole of Indonesia wears on a festive look. The markets are
full of people busy shopping. Women start to sew beautiful
curtains and buy new clothes for the family.
their one-month of fasting, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated with
great pomp and show. 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. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is marked as a national
holiday not only in Indonesia but in all the Muslim countries of
the world. People greet each other with "Selamat Hari Raya"
(Indonesian) or "Salam Aidilfitri" (Malay) which means "Happy Eid".
Muslims also welcome one another with "Mohon maaf lahir dan batin"
which means "Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings).
Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Indonesia is one of the major events here. You
will really enjoy this festival if you come here during this time.
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