Colorful celebration of Hari Raya Puasa
Journeys | 04.06.2019
Hari Raya Puasa is one of the main Islamic holidays. The name comes from the Malay "Hari Raya", which translates as "great day of joy" and "Puasa" meaning "fasting". It marks the end of Lent, which Muslims keep for the entire holy month of Ramadan. During this month, from sunrise to sunset, it is forbidden to have any kind of entertainment, to eat and drink, and all thoughts should be kept clean. The Hari Raya Puasa celebrations last for three days and the holiday is perceived as a time for reunion with loved ones. Therefore, during the celebration, the doors are always open for guests.
On this day, early in the morning, Muslims pray in mosques, while younger ones ask forgiveness from their elders for their mistakes. Next come the celebrations. Muslims invite guests, dress up in their best and brightest clothes and decorate their houses with lamps and flags. However, special attention should be turned towards dinner. So if you ever get invited – you're very lucky indeed! During the Hari Raya Puasa holiday, you can try many Indian and Malay dishes: curry, rice with vegetables and shrimps, Laksa Johor (meat noodles) and sweets. In Indonesia, Ketupat is one of the main dishes: steamed rice packed into small woven baskets.

We have created three guides around Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for the celebration of Hari Raya. You can find the routes in the events section of MAPS.ME guides catalog.

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Some interesting points from the routes

Masjid Negara Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
The "National Mosque of Malaysia" was built in 1965 shortly after Malaysia gained independence. The building was created in collaboration with British architect Howard Ashley, which explains its modernist look. With a capacity of 15,000 people, Masjid Negara is a focal point of the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations in Kuala Lumpur.
Ketupat Sayur Pemalang, Jakarta
Ketupat is a national dish in the countries of Southeast Asia. Ketupat is steamed rice packed into small baskets woven from palm or banana leaves. It is a very popular food in Indonesia and one of the symbols of the Hari Raya Puasa festive meal. You can try this dish in multiple street food spots around the city centre including Ketupat Sayur Pemalang, which is particularly popular among locals.
Basharahil House of Batik, Singapore
Batik is the traditional cloth dyeing technique popular in South East Asia, and Singapore is no exception. Basharahil House of Batik is one of oldest batik shops in Kampong Glam. Here you can buy fine handmade batik clothing and accessories, which would make an excellent present for yourself or someone special.
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