Wednesday, October 01, 2008

hari raya aidil fitri

hari raya aidil fitri (also hari raya puasa, literally “celebration day of fasting“) is the malay term for the muslim festival of eid ul-fitr. hari raya is also known as lebaran. muslims in brunei, malaysia, singapore celebrate eid like other muslims throughout the world. the term “hari raya” literally means “day of celebration” — it is also occasionally used to refer to eid ul-adha in the form of “hari raya aidil adha“. the main greeting used by muslims in malaysia and singapore is “selamat hari raya” which means “happy eid” in malay. another greeting is “maaf zahir dan batin” which translates loosely to “i seek forgiveness (from you) physically and spiritually”, for hari raya is a time to reconcile and renew relationships with others.