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Friday, June 15, 2018

Eid al-Fitr

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Today, Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr. In Malaysia, we call it Hari Raya Adilfitri. Hari Raya in Malay literally translates as ‘celebration day’ and Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the day that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of dawn-to-sunset fasting.

Over here, the festival is a major public holiday and offices and schools officially close for 2 days.

During the Hari Raya month, Muslims return to their kampung (village) to visit their elders, relatives and friends. A lavish spread of food awaits!

It is customary for Muslims to wear traditional clothes on Hari Raya. The men generally wear Baju Melayu (a loose shirt with trousers) with kain samping (a short sarong) and a songkok (cap), while the Baju Kurung is often worn by the ladies. Families usually dress in the same colours to represent unity.

Below is a beautiful Hari Raya commercial to share.

Briefly, the video is about Arif, a young Malay boy surviving an overcrowded and chaotic house when members of his entire extended family arrive from the city and other states to spend Hari Raya at the already crammed kampung house where he lives with his *Nenek.
Initially, he is unhappy with the intrusion. He is also resentful of the younger cousins messing with his stuff. He later understands the meaning of togetherness and realizes that Hari Raya is merrier and even more festive when the entire clan celebrates together under one roof.
A scene from the video
The colorful video captures the quintessence of  a Malay household:  a traditional kampong house, vibrant costumes, food, language, etc.

*Nenek in Malay is grandmother and Nek is Nenek for short



Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim pallies!

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19 comments:

Alex said...

That's quite the extended family in that first photo, Veronica! Happy Eid to you and all your family, and a great weekend too. I have very fond memories of celebrating Eid in Malaysia with a house full of people. Such a joyous time.

Sandee said...

Happy Eid al-Fitr to you and yours. ♥

betty said...

Happy Eid ak-Fitr to you and your family Veronica!

betty

Lin said...

Happy Hari Raya Adilfitri to you! May your house NOT be filled with so many relatives. Well...unless you like that. Me? No thanks. Hahaha!

Mary (cactus catz) said...

It sounds like a great holiday. I love that families dress in similar colors for unity.

Hena Tayeb said...

As a Muslim it is so interesting to see the different ways Eid is celebrated and the different names and traditions associated with it.. thanks for sharing.

http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

stevebethere said...

Happy Eid al-Fitr from me too :-)

Have a tanfasticated week

alissa apel said...

Oh wow! Happy Eid al-Fitr. Here in the US we only get Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve off all year. I wish we would celebrate more holidays!

Mrs Tubbs said...

Happy Eid al-Fitr to you and yours. Have a wonderful time celebrating

Cathy Kennedy said...

Veronica,

The commercial was cute. It made me smile. Your holiday looks like a crazy American family reunion. lol I hope you have a blessed time celebrating with your family. :) Thanks for visiting and joining my WW linky party, my friend!

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Claire Justine said...

Hope you and your family had a lovely time :)

Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop.

heather keet said...

What a lovely celebration! It's so nice to be able to visit family and take a few days off work. #GlobalBlogging

Lisa Pomerantz said...

What a lovely holiday and beautiful photos. Unity! That is something we all can use. I hope your holiday was a very happy one! #fabfridaypost xoxo

Sarah Stockley said...

It looks and sounds fantastic! Happy Eid! #FabFridayPost

Rhonda Gales said...

Thanks for enlightening us about this fun holiday. I love large family gatherings. Happy Eid al-Fitr, and thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

kateonthinice said...

I love blog posts where I learn something new - thank you #FabFridayPost

indah nuria Savitri said...

It was a great celebration we had here in NYC as well, Veronica...tons of great food and fun gathering! Sukaaa sekali :)

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