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Hari Raya Aidilfitri

"The fasting doesn’t deter the celebrants from making preparations to welcome Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The excitement builds up way before the first day, where families start to shop for new clothes, delicacies and goodies and furnish their home with new furniture and decoration weeks. Brightly-colored lights, in the common hues of green, yellow and gold, can be seen adorning the mosques and the offices of government agencies."

Special Adilifitri dinner

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. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is considered one of the two most important celebrations for Muslims, the other being Hari Raya Haji – the festival of Abraham’s sacrifice.

Hari Raya is one of the biggest holidays in Malaysia. It is customary for workers in the city to return to their home town to celebrate with their families and to ask forgiveness from parents, in-laws, and other elders. This is known in Malaysia as balik kampung (homecoming).
There are often jams during this travelling time but these soon resolve as other travellers reach their destinations. The night before Aidilfitri is filled with the sounds of many muezzin chanting the takbir in the mosques or musallahs.
In many parts of Malaysia, especially in the rural areas, pelita or panjut or lampu colok (as known by Malay-Singaporeans) (oil lamps, similar to tiki torches) are lit up and placed outside and around homes, while tiki torches themselves are also a popular decoration for that holiday. Special dishes like ketupat, rendang, lemang (a type of glutinous rice cake cooked in bamboo) and other Malay also Nyonya delicacies such as various kuih-muih are served during this day.
It is common to greet people with "Salam Aidilfitri" or "Selamat Hari Raya" which means "Happy Eid". Muslims also greet one another with "maaf zahir dan batin", which means "Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings)".


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. In Malaysia, children are given token sums of money from their parents or elders.
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.
During Ramadan, decorations of kampung houses, ketupats, oil lamps and colourful lights decorate big malls like Mid Valley, 1 Utama, Pavilion, Sunway Pyramid and the Curve. Little shops also are decorated in the lead-up.
Across the country, the Ramadan month provides great food choices for those who like to sample authentic Malay cuisines. Ramadan bazaars are set up across various neighbourhoods.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a joyous celebration that involves happy feasting in homes everywhere where family members greet one another with Selamat Hari Raya.


YearDate Day Holiday States
2021 Thu Hari Raya Aidilfitri National
14 May Fri Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday National
2022 02 May Mon Hari Raya Aidilfitri National
  03 May Tue Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday National
2023 22 April Sat Hari Raya Aidilfitri National
  23 April Sun Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday National
  24 April Sun Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday National
2024 10 April Wed Hari Raya Aidilfitri National
  11 April Thu Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday National
2025 31 Mrch Sat Hari Raya Aidilfitri National
  01 April Sun Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday National


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Local Eid songs can be heard playing on the radio and in shopping malls, adding to the festive mood. Come nightfall, mosques would be filled with Muslims from all walks of life coming together to perform the Tarawih prayers. After the end of each Tarawih session, a small supper called ‘moreh’ is served within the mosque’s compound, prepared and cooked by volunteers. A sense of camaraderie is apparent as everyone sits close together and shares the meal. Houses decorated with twinkling fairy lights or the more traditional paraffin-fuelled lamps made from tin cans or bamboo sticks are quite a common sight at night during Ramadan, as are children playing with sparklers and fireworks.

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