How is Hari Raya Celebrated?

Hari Raya is a religious festival celebrated by the Muslims in Singapore and many other countries. It is also known as Eid, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, or Hari Raya Puasa. This festival marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting when people abstain from drinking, smoking, and sexual relations. On Hari Raya, Muslims end their fasting with the celebration of food, donation, and forgiveness. Read further to know how Muslims celebrate Hari Raya in Singapore.

Offer Prayers at the Mosque

People wake up early in the morning and wear traditional clothes. They visit the mosque to thank God for his blessings. The children ask for forgiveness from the elder members of the family. The houses and mosques are decorated with lights and colourful elements to bring in the festive cheer.

Dress up in Traditional Clothes

Muslim women typically wear a Baju Kurung, Baju Kebaya or Jubah on the festival of Hari Raya. Men wear Baju Melayu together with Ken Sempany, which is a cloth worn over the trouser of Baju Melayu. Some men are also seen wearing a songkok on their heads.

Meet Loved Ones

In Singapore, people meet and greet their loved ones on Hari Raya. This festival promotes the spirit of brotherhood that helps people strengthen their personal relationships.

Exchange Gifts

Exchanging Hari Raya gifts is an important tradition of this auspicious festival. Dry fruits, gift hampers, chocolates, and sweets are some of the popular gifting options that people offer their loved ones as a token of love, appreciation and gratitude. The elder members of the family offer money to children in green packets.

Relish Delicious Food

People relish traditional food items on Hari Raya along with friends and family members. Ketupat, Lontong, Lemang, and Rendang are some delicious food items savoured by people on this auspicious occasion.

Make Donations

Hari Raya is one of the most colourful celebrations when people make donations for charity. The donated food, clothes, and money bring happiness among underprivileged and help them celebrate the day with fun and fervour.

Travel Back to Hometown

Muslims in Singapore usually travel back to their hometowns to celebrate the festival of Hari Raya with family members in a grand manner.