The best festival culture on Malaysia
Malaysia is a country with a variety of races. Among the major races is Malay, Chinese and Indian. Malaysia is a country that rich in culture and custom. When we talk about celebrations, Malaysia is one of the countries that celebrate many festivals. There are some famous festivals in Malaysia which is Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year and Deepavali.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated by Malaysia’s largest ethnic community which is Malaysia. Generally this festival is celebrated in honour of the month of fasting Muslims. As usually, the festival began with a Eid prayers at mosque for early in the morning. And most important, visiting each neighbour is always be do it after prayer. The aim is for the greater engagement between us. Among the main dishes to be served during Eid is like Ketupat, Ayam masak merah, Chicken or beef rendang, Lontong, Chicken Rice, satay, and so on. Children is the happiest person when this celebration come because, this is the time that they can get ‘duit raya’ from people who’s older than them. Famous clothes for hari raya is baju kurung for ladies and baju melayu with samping for men.
Next celebration is Chinese New Year. Well. This festival is celebrated by Chinese. Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and this festival is the most important annual for Chinese community. What we can see is family members came from far for gathering and is called ‘makan besar’. Also this celebration must have lion dancers and small fire works. Not just that, Chinese culture believe that red colour give them some luck and good sign for them in the future. Famous clothes for Chinese new year is Cheongsam and samfoo.
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Hari Raya Puasa (Hari Raya Aidilfitri)
The Muslim community in Malaysia and all over the world celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, or also known as Hari Raya Puasa, to conclude the Ramadan holy month of fasting. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is regarded as a merry celebration as it marks a person’s triumph and success on discipline and self-resistance which symbolizes refinement and rebirth.
It is necessary for Muslims to fast during the month of Ramadan, where they have to maintain their self-resistance in satisfying their basic needs and urges between sunrise till sunset. They abstain from food and drinks, as well as from smoking and sexual relations. It is also important that they keep their minds pure and not harbor any ill thoughts or intentions during this holy month.
The fasting doesn’t deter the celebrants from making preparations to welcome Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The excitement builds up way before the first day, where families start to shop for new clothes, delicacies and goodies and furnish their home with new furniture and decoration weeks. Brightly-colored lights, in the common hues of green, yellow and gold, can be seen adorning the mosques and the offices of government agencies.
When the new moon is seen on the evening of the last day of Ramadan, the fasting period comes to an end. Such sightings are made by religious officials at various hilltops throughout the country and when the crescent moon is seen, the following day marks the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
On the morning of Hari Raya, the men perform prayers at the mosque while children ask for forgiveness from their parents. The little ones will also be given ‘duit raya’ or gifts of money in small green packets. While the first three days of Hari Raya are usually reserved for catching up with the family, many families hold open houses throughout the month where friends and neighbors of other races are invited to share conversation, laughter and a variety of cookies, candy and traditional delicacies.
Ketupat is one of the must-haves at Hari Raya. It is served together with beef rending (beef cooked with coconut milk and malay spices) together with satay (skewered grilled meat). Other delicious delicates are such as lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo tubes), serunding (dry coconut fried with chilli) and curry chicken.
In Malaysia, the first two days are regarded as public holidays but most will take a week off for this celebration. Those working in the cities will return to their hometowns (balik kampung) and reunite with their parents, relatives and old friends in the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, leaving the cities quiet and empty during the festive season (usually there are very good airline deals in the weeks/months before the Balik Kampung period). Although the cities start to be populated again at the end of the week, the celebration doesn’t end there as one month of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations follow a month of fasting. People continue visiting each other’s homes and throwing open houses until the festivities approaches its end 30 days later. It isn’t often that festivities last for a month long, so take the opportunity to catch up with friends and family while indulging in the various delicacies!