guess what day it is?!
It is finally hari raya!
For those who do not have muslim friends or have always wondered about it,
let me give you the thrown-down and low down!
After 29/30 days of fasting, the day of celebration comes which also marks a new month on the Muslim calender which is not surprising because in an asian country, most religion tend to have their own calender and we are no exception.
if you guys have muslim friends or neighbour, you would typically hear people say ” SELAMAT HARI RAYA! MAAF ZAHIR DAN BATIN ” which is basically us telling people have a great day of celebration and we seek forgiveness from you.
now you might hear some say Eid al-Fitr or eid mubarak which actually basically means the same thing but some people just have different version of it.
now i got this off wikipedia :
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community; e.g., empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness, patience etc. Fasting is also believed by some scholars to extol fundamental distinctions, lauding the power of the spiritual realm, while acknowledging the subordination of the physical realm. It also teaches a Muslim to stay away from worldly desires and to focus entirely on the Lord and thank Him for his blessings. It is a rejuvenation of the religion and it creates a stronger bond between the Muslim and his Lord. After the end of Ramadan, is a big celebration of Eid. That of which is a very important Islamic tradition.
credits : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Fitr
basically in my own words :
Hari raya is the day of celebration and a new month for us, we get sad when ramadan leaves because although it is tough to fast but there is a certain beauty behind it. We grow closer to our god religiously and we learn how to become a better person to those in our community and around us. We learn patience , we learn empathy for those who do not have much and we count our blessing and we do good deeds and one of the few compulsory ones are zakar fitra as zakat is one of the pillars of islam and we give it to our local authority who handles all this funds and they will hand it out to people who need the money.
zakat plays a very important role in the development of the bonds of community. The rich are obliged to come in direct contact with the poor, and the poor are put in contact with the extremely poor. This contact between the various levels of society helps to build real bonds of brotherhood and love within the Islamic community and trains those who have, to be generous to those who do not have.
I seem to talk alot about my religion right now but i just want to tell you guys how things work. Like During ramadan, it is compulsory for everyone to pay zakat and fast unless you are sick, having your period or at times pregnant and after this, its celebration and only on the first day of hari raya, no one is allowed to fast.
SO what happens during hari raya,
GOOD FOOD, MONEY AND FAMILY GATHERING
which be my top 3 words.
Like chinese new year, during hari raya, the elders or married couple will give out green packet containing money to those who are not married and kids.
During hari raya, people wake up late or last minute spring cleaning, after 1pm ( usually after our hari raya prayers ), everyone will get ready and we will starting visiting people houses where we get to eat and it is most important that you go to the elderly house first because they are the most important ones followed by the younger generation and this celebration actually stretches from a month so we got plenty of time to get fat with good food! hahahs.
i will actually stop here for now and do another post where i would have done my visiting and at least i could put some colourful and pretty pictures for you all to see.
I would like to wish everyone Selamat hari raya, maaf zahir dan batin. i wish to seek forgiveness from everyone of you if my words or language has offended anyone or belittle you, i sincerely apologise from the bottom of my heart and i love you guys!