Hari Raya Puasa
Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidilfitri - celebrated on August 8 and 9th, 2013
This holiday is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and marks the end of Ramadan (Month of fasting and prayer for all Muslims), Hari Raya Puasa is what people in Singapore call Eid and is Malay for “grand day of rejoicing”. This is a time for great celebration for all in and around Malaysia where it gets observed as a national public holiday.
The word Puasa is Malay for fasting, which means abstaining from any eating, smoking or drinking. The Hari Raya Puasa is at the end of the fasting period and also known to be a time of forgiveness within the Muslim community when bonds are being strengthened and new clothes are being bought while houses gets decorated and invitations are being exchanged among friends.
Hari Raya Puasa is also called:
- Eid-ul-Fitr, Id-ul-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, Id al-Fitr
- Eid, Ramadan Eid, Smaller Eid; Idul Fitri, Hari Lebaran in Indonesia
- Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Lebaran, Aidilfitri in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
- Wakas ng Ramadan, Hari Raya Puasa in Philippines