Eid ul- Adha, also known as Hari Raya Haji in Singapore, is a celebration of Ibrahim and his son Ismael’s phenomenal devotion.
Ibrahim was willing to take his son’s life at God’s request but seeing this dedication, God decided to offer a sheep to complete the sacrifice. Thus, the Festival of Sacrifice came to be. Let us take a look at the common ways the Muslim community celebrates Hari Raya Haji.
The morning of Haji begins with a special prayer called Salat al-Eid in mosques. The significance of the prayers and sermons is to honour the festival. People usually book slots online to perform their prayers.
The entire festival’s symbolism lies in the sacrifice or the korban of the animal. People can choose from a cow, goat, camel and sheep to continue with the sacrificial proceedings.
Every Eid, it is a must for people to make a sizeable donation in terms of money, food or clothes to the needy. In addition, one-third of the sacrificial meat is given away to the poor as charity in every household.
Feast on Traditional Foods
Unlike Hari Raya Puasa, the Haji does not have a massive feast as it is a more spiritual than a physical experience. Nevertheless, the traditional Singaporean Mulsim food is prepared with great enthusiasm in each house.
Pay Social Visits
Post the prayers, delicious meals and donations, people pay visits to their friends and family. These social visits usually consume most of the evening.
A large population of the Muslim community exchange Hari Raya gifts amongst each other. The presents are typically given during the evening social rounds to loved ones and sometimes to the poor.
Learn the History
The Festival of Sacrifice is a great time to take a trip down history. Whether it is to brush up your knowledge or educate the younger generation, people need to know their religion’s history.
Now, you can give Hari Raya hampers, lamps and greetings to dear ones with the full knowledge of how to celebrate the festival.