The Muslim community of Malaysia celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. It is viewed as a holy celebration because it marks a person’s triumph on discipline and self-resistance. These are two qualities that one needs to get through the sacred fasting period. The fete also symbolizes the rebirth and refinement of one’s soul, and it’s an excellent time of the year to explore the most engaging places to visit in Malaysia, and its most praised customs and traditions.
It is mandatory for Muslims to fast during the Ramadan month. They need to preserve their self-resistance in satisfying their urges and needs from sunrise until sunset. They abstain from food, drinks, smoking and carnal relations. Muslims are required to keep their minds pure from ill intentions and thoughts throughout the holy month.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. It marks the closure of the fasting session and the purification of the soul. In Malaysia, it is celebrated at a grand scale since the population is predominantly Muslim. Because the Muslim Calendar is based on the moon cycle, the Hari Raya Aidilfitri dates change every year. The exact date is announced with some time in advance by the religious officials. These analyze the New Moon from numerous points of vantage all around the country.
The harsh fasting that precedes Hari Raya Aidilfitri does not prevent people from getting ready for the event. Among some of the most common things to do in Malaysia in this period we should mention that families are used to shop for new clothes, goodies, delicacies, furniture for the home, and decorations. Bright lights in hues of yellow, green and gold adorn all the mosques in the country.
In the morning of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, men go to the mosque and pray, while children ask their parents for forgiveness. The small ones are usually given gifts or money in tiny green packs. The first three days are reserved to spending time with the family. People open their houses and invite their friends and relatives to talk, laugh, share candy, and enjoy traditional delicacies. One of the most customary things to do during Hari Raya Aidilfitri day is to wear new clothes. Traditionally, women wear the colorful “baju kurung” and men “baju Melayu”. People salam (Muslim handshake) when they meet and children kiss the hand of the elderly to show deference.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri and the Chinese New Year have once fallen on the same date, when half of the country welcomed the New Year and the other one celebrated the end of the holy fasting. This will most probably happen again in 2030. What to do in Malaysia during Hari Raya Aidilfitri? How about dining with the kings? In Kuala Lumpur, several politicians and famous figures, including the King and Queen of Malaysia celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. During this special day, they open the doors of their personal residence to the public and organize a special feast with the best food for the visitors. Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrates the purification of one’s soul and Muslims adore sharing this new beginning with the rest of the people.
If you choose to visit the territory during Hari Raya Aidilfitri but you don’t know where to go in Malaysia, you’ll be delighted to admire the public celebrations from the streets or relish a traditional Muslim diner. Locals will be pleased to have you at their table and share their joy with you.
Plus, you can learn lots of interesting things about Islamism. Their beliefs are interesting, profound, and they rigorously stick to all the religious practices. Not to mention that they decorate their residences beautifully with all sorts of bright lights.
Traveling to Malaysia can be an unforgettable experience, and for this reason it’s essential to respect the country’s customs and traditions. As avid voyageurs it’s paramount to be responsible; don’t throw anything on the ground and mosques, and recycle everything you consume. Protecting Malaysia’s national wonders and sacred territories will allow future tourists to enjoy them as well.