Holy month of Ramdan is coming to an end, Muslims around the world are looking forward to Eid Al-Fitr or Hari Raya Puasa as it is called in Malaysia. Observed after the end of Ramadan’s month, the 9th month of Islamic calender, Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the most significant festive season for Muslims.
Malaysia is home to many cultures and religions but it still has all the prominent colors of Islamic practices, rituals and observances, and Eid-ul-Fitr is no exception. Homes, shops, restaurants, landmarks and mosques are decorated for the ocassion in a unique yet beautiful amalgamation of Arabic and Malay culture.
Preparations of Eid-ul-Fitr usually begins from the start of Ramadan and ends at the very last day of Ramadan. Despite the trend of online shopping is on the rise in Southeast Asia, there are people who still prefer the traditional way of buying especially for Hari Raya. Markets witness massive, enthusiastic crowd to buy EID-related items.
Chow Kit Market is one of the busiest marketplace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Around the year, people come here to buy clothes, grocery, spices, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables at a very affordable price. During the month of Ramadan, the place is decorated for the occasion. Colorful stalls are set at various markets, offering discounted Eid clothing, bangles, artificial jewelry, etc.
Outfits of EID, ‘Baju Raya’, carry special meaning. Women wear Baju Kurong while Men wear male version of Baju Kurong with Samping (a piece of cloth worn over the trouser of Baju Kurong) and Sokong (traditional Malay cap). Shopping for the occasion usually begins around the start of Ramadan
and last till month’s peaks, with brands and street markets churning out collections around the festivities theme. While tailors are experiencing the busiest period of the year, some people prefer to shop ready-to-wear with minimal change.
For this period various kinds of arm jewelry like bangles and bracelets attracts women as well. It is possible to observe many stalls selling artificial jewelry, especially the Korean jewelry, as well as India and Pakistan glass bangles. Henna is supposed to be an Arabic tradition where women apply it on their hands for the purpose of beautification of their persona by decorating their hands and feet. Many henna artists organise their stalls esepcially in the last week of Ramadan for their customers. Kids also enjoy the festive season in their unqiue manner. Apart from their color thematic clothing, they expect to get Duit Raya (Eid money) from their parents, uncles or grand parents. Elders buy attractive envelopes to give the cash treat to the young ones. Despite of traditional attire, kids and teenages also like to have trendy cufflinks for their ‘Baju Kurong’. From the money they get from their elders, kids like to invest in either sweets, candies, toys or fire crackers. Eid-ul-Fitr is also called the Sweet festival as women specially bake or buy the traditional sweet dishes to serve their guests. So how are you celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in your country? Have a very happy and blisful season of festivity!!! Selamat Hari Raya Puasa!!!!