Ramadan is a fasting month, and Hari Raya Aidilfitri signals the end of Ramadan. Hari Raya is not only a festive occasion for Muslim to be happy about because of delectable food, but there is a more important reason than that! Hari Raya is a time to ask for forgiveness, reconcile and renew relationship with others and strengthen their bonds amongst relatives and friends.
“Day of Celebration” is the literal meaning of “Hari Raya”. “Selamat Hari Raya”, which means “Happy Eid”, is the main greeting used in Malaysia and Singapore. “Maaf zahir dan batin” which means “I seek forgiveness (from you) physically and spiritually” is another greeting that we also hear during this festive season.
Today, we were invited by our colleague, Teacher Ariffah, in their house. Malay has one month of fasting, and one month of celebration to end Ramadan. On the first and second week of Hari Raya, they open their house to their family and relatives while on the third and fourth week of Hari Raya, they invite their friends in their house to have a sumptuous meal together.
It was a nice gathering today with Teacher Ariffah as our gracious host! Thank you, Teacher Ariffah and husband, for inviting us and opening your beautiful home to us!
It is always great to learn other’s culture. Learning about other’s culture is an amazing and priceless experience as you get to have a deeper understanding of how other people live.
No matter what our race or nationality is, we are all the same… We are all human! It does not matter whether you are Malay, Chinese, Indian or whatever your nationality is… we are all human beings… We are one! We all must live in peace and harmony!
Selamat Hari Raya! Maaf zahir dan batin!