The auspicious occasion of Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri or more commonly known as the Hari Raya Pausa Singapore is celebrated to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan with great grandeur and glory. It is incumbent upon all free, healthy, sane adult Muslims to fast within the month of Ramadan from dawn to dusk, and the successful completion of these thirty days is indeed something to rejoice about.
Ramadan is a month of spirituality and piousness, which is devoted whole-heartedly to almsgiving acts and complete submission to the will of Allah. It entails abstinence from food, water and to exercise self-control in all walks of life and to prioritize their inner spirituality and struggle towards being a better Muslim.
Hari Raya Puasa Singapore
This propitious occasion evokes the true spirit of Malay culture and heritage. Residents and tourists alike celebrate with utmost vigour and sanctity. The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of Syawal and signals the upcoming festival of Hari Raya Pausa in Singapore, also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
There is usually one pubic holiday for the celebration of Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore. People welcome this event in Singapore with the utmost respect and preparations are made from almost a month before this occasion, including new attire, accessories and mouthwatering delicacies.
Traditional Hari Raya Food
Indeed, traditional dishes are the delight and are the highlight of Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri as it redefines the unique taste of Malay delicacies, with traditional names.
- ‘Ketupat’- wrapped in coconut leaves are compressed rice cakes.
- ‘Rendang’- a savouring mix of chilli paste, grounded coconut, coconut milk and spices, amalgamating into a truly aromatic dish.
- ‘Kuih Raya’-Colourfully decorated traditional cookies of varying taste and flavours, presented to guests on this festive occasion.
- ‘Keuh Keuh’-The typical Malay cakes and pastries.
A special tailor made attire is worn on the festive occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Singapore, a fine traditional piece of clothing. Women adore themselves with bright and vividly coloured ‘Baju Kurung’, often worn with a complimentary headscarf (‘tudung’). These outfits are certainly the cynosure of all eyes on this festive occasion. Whereas the men traditional wear is called as ‘Baju Melayu’.
You will find traditional Malay attire in the area of Kampong Glam & Arab Street. Read more about shopping in Kampong Glam & Arab Street.
The Rumah Terbuka or Open House Concept
The Hari Raya Pausa Singapore is known elsewhere as the very common festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. However, the uniqueness of this event in South East Asian countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei & Indonesia are characterized by the concept of open house. This initiative is an attempt to bring together the wide and diverse array of culture that co-exists in mutual harmony. Irrespective of any social or religious discrimination, residents and tourists alike are warmly welcomed to the forum to enjoy the good food and company and spend quality time with their friends and relatives. People will be seen greeting each other with the joyous greeting of “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”.
The day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri
The much awaited day is commenced with the people humbly requesting their relatives and friends for forgiveness and wanting to amend bitter ties and start the day on a good note. After the congregational prayers of Hari Raya Puasa at the mosque, people visit their loved one’s graves before they proceed to the social gathering, to celebrate the rest of the day. Sometimes these celebrations go on for the entire month, with people utilizing this opportune moment to reunite with their loved ones and strengthen their relationship ties.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wishes
There are many Selamat Hari Raya Wishes but the most common one is “Selamat Hari Raya” which means that I am sending you blessing of this great day. Hari means day in Malay & Raya means great. You can add at the end “Puasa” or “Aidilfitri” to make your appropriate wish. For example, Selamat Hari Raya Puasa or Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Places to visit on Hari Raya Puasa
If you’re a tourist and wants to experience the great festival of Hari Raya Puasa Singapore or Hari Raya Aidilfitri, then you should visit the Muslim Ethnic quarter in Singapore. The top places that you should visit during Hari Raya Puasa festival should be the area of Kampong Glam & Arab Street. You will find Hari Raya food, Malay traditional dresses, special sales promotion for Hari Raya Aidilfitri and much more in Kampong Glam.
The Arab Street and the area nearby is famous for many Middle Eastern restaurants which offer special treats for the festival of Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore. You will also get to see the famous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque, which is nearby Arab Street.