Every year, after one month of fasting,
Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Puasa which falls in the month of Syawal. All
Muslims celebrate the day with great joy. In the morning, they go to the
mosque to pray. Then, on returning home, they receive guests and relatives
who come to pay them a call.
Days before, the womenfolk make many
varieties of cakes, cookies and sweetmeats. They also cook 'rendang' curries
and prepare 'satay' to go with the 'ketupat'. Homes are decorated with many
coloured lights all over the garden. Small lamps are lit and placed along
On Hari Raya Day, many Malaysians visit their Muslim
friends to share their joy. They receive warm hospitality and are
entertained to a feast of specially prepared food. Boys and girls wear new
clothes and shoes. Girls wear jewellery and boys new 'songkoks'.
town is usually crowded with Muslims dressed gaily and going about. They
visit their friends and relatives while some go to the cinemas or to the
Lake Gardens. Many, however, go back to their 'kampungs' to celebrate the
festival with their parents. It is also a time for family reunions. Everyone
rejoices during this festive season.