The most significant celebration for Muslims, Eid al Fitr, it signifies the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Known locally as Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, the celebration is determined by sighting of the new moon on the day, before the next month on the Muslim calendar, Syawal.
The words ‘Hari Raya’ means ‘day of celebration.’
Festival Date – 10 & 11 SEP 2010 , 30 & 31 August 2011
Ramadan is the name of the one-month fasting period when Muslims fast from dawn till sunset.
During the period of fasting, apart from eating and drinking, Muslims are also forbidden from smoking and having sexual relations.
Only the sick are excused from fasting during this month. Muslims are expected to avoid lying, breaking promise or cheating during the month of Ramadan.
It is to remind them of the plight of the poor and to cleanse themselves by exercising abstinence and self-control. Even the young are taught to fast.More…