Woke up at 4am to break fast as it’s the month of Ramadan and Muslim’s all over the world are fasting. It’s one of the most special month for Muslim’s. At the end of fasting for a whole month we celebrate what is commonly known as Eid al-Fitr or Hari Raya in Singapore which marks the end of Ramadan.
During Eid al-Fitr or Hari Raya it’s pretty common for the Muslim community to purchase new clothings in various designs or colours for the occasion/celebration but for me it depends as I tend to use what I have or used from the previous year/s of celebration.
During the First day of Eid al-Fitr/Hari Raya in the morning many Muslim’s will be up early to pray together at the mosque or under the void deck of a approved zone given by HDB as the mosque tend to get over crowded.
After the prayers, we would visit our relatives, elderlies and even our neighbours and we often exchange gifts such as food, homemade cookies and cakes. In certain countries they exchange cards and gifts with family and friends.
For a better experience if you have friends or relatives living in Malaysia you will definitely enjoy the firework war all over the village. A beautiful sight to look at definitely. Sadly in Singapore fireworks are prohibited under the explosive act/law due to cases from Chinese New Year and Hari Raya where property were damaged/caught on fire in the olden days. (Please correct me if I’m wrong)
It’s probably one of the most exciting celebration/festival for most Muslim’s. In Singapore due to our Racial Harmony people from different races too join in the celebration. I have friend’s from different races that visits me during Hari Raya and gave hampers as gifts. It’s really one of the best feelings but I would say kids are the one’s that enjoys Eid al-Fitr/Hari Raya as they are given money from every working adults or elder ranging from $2-$20.
I remember being the kid that ran around kissing the hand of my elders and adults and was given a packet filled with money. As a sign of respect we do not open the green packets infront of them and tell everyone how much they have given us. It’s normally done when we’re home and we open every single packet and count how much money we have collected. I remember the biggest amount I’ve collected in a day was about SGD$400 that’s alot when I was young.
Lighting up the house:
Purely this celebration is about happiness, seeking forgiveness and having a enjoyable time with family and friends. That’s the end of this entry, there’s so many things I’d like to write about but it’s better for you guys to experience the celebration. Honestly its fruitful. Once again thank you for reading and I apologize if my explanation isn’t accurate to some. Please leave a comment below of your experience celebrating Eid al-Fitr/Hari Raya so others and myself can have some insights of how you guys celebrate the festival as different cultures celebrate in a different way.
Thank you for you time and Happy Fasting to my Muslim brothers and sisters.