Monday, July 28, 2014

Salam Aidilfitri


Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks a joyous occasion for Muslims around the globe, to celebrate their victory of completing the month of Ramadhan, signifying purification and a new beginning for most.

There is more to Ramadhan than just abstaining from eating and drinking from dawn till the sun sets. Ramadhan is regarded as the holiest or most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims around the world take this as a time of self reflection and purification.

The excitement of Aidilfitri begins at least a week or two before the day itself. You will observe most Muslim families starts baking cookies, putting up new curtains and carpets, refurnishing their house and all that you can think of. Most families will do their shopping at the famous bazaar in Geylang Serai. I prefer doing mine in Johor since it’s a couple of stops away from my house.

Aidilfitri is also the day when we will see our Muslim friends putting on their best traditional outfits for visiting! Mind you i really meant outfit(S) because Aidilfitri lasts a whole month!

It is aimed at strengthening ties with one another by visiting our relatives, friends and neighbours. Typically, the visitings would start from the eldest. My first house will always be my grandparent's, followed by the other relatives; depending on their locations. In many occasions, the visitings could even last past midnight! *Something which I wouldn't really encourage* 

Besides all the visiting, this is also the day for us to seek forgiveness from one another for any wrongdoings. During your visit, you can also expect to see a variety of food spread, this includes Ketupat, Lemang, Satay, Rendang and many more! So eat up and don’t forget to work out afterwards!

With that, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! May this Aidilfitri be full of love, peace and prosperity.

Drive and stay safe. Enjoy all the delicious food! Till the next entry!


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