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Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebration, Discovering and Gathering

The success of a Muslim rebirth after the Ramadan

July 06th, 2017
Valentina Di Carlantonio, CD News
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This event will take place on the 23rd of July at the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok at 12.00, remembering the celebration of the 25th of June. It marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, it is also known as the festival of Eid or Hari Raya Puasa. It is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. 

 

Traditionally, the day of celebration begins with a trip to the mosque where special prayers are recited. Then, Muslims traditionally ask for forgiveness from their elders for any wrongs committed during the year. Visits increase to see relatives and friends.  

A wide variety of dishes are offered with fluffy white rice, like beef rendang, which is spicy beef or sayur lodeh, that are vegetables cooked in coconut milk gravy, there is also sambal which is chili paste, desserts are delicious as well.

Another significant aspect to highlight is the importance that women give to their clothes to attend this special occasion. They usually wear their most beautiful baju kurung accompanied by a matching headscarf called tudung. Their clothes are vivid coloured, lively patterns and delicate stitching along the baju’s collar, that make these outfits an exhibition for whom who look at them. This traditional clothes continue to be worn until today, because they are not only traditional, but also practical for Singapore’s climate.

Embassy invited guests continuing this huge celebration, in fact Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations last one month following a month of fasting. People continue visiting each other’s homes and throwing open houses until the festivities approaches its end 30 days later. It isn’t often that festivities last for a month long, so it is a possibility to take the opportunity to catch up with friends and family.

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