Eid al-Fitr is undoubtedly a time of joy, reflection, and celebration for Muslims all around the world, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan. But for many Malaysians, this festive occasion is more than just following its religious customs; it's a time for families, friends, and communities to come together to embrace and immerse ourselves in the rich culture and traditions of Malaysia while at the same time, relish the warmth of community, delicious delicacies, and the universal values of love and togetherness that make Hari Raya Aidilfitri a truly remarkable celebration.
So without further ado, let's dive deep into how we Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya with our own unique flair!
- Oh, Oh, Oh Balik Kampung!
Malaysians take the tradition of balik kampung for Hari Raya to heart. Highways are packed, flights are fully booked, and families embark on epic road trips to reunite with loved ones. And sure, while the traffic jams can be daunting at times, nothing compares to the joy of the journey with your loved ones and the heart-warming reunions that make the long-hour drive worth it. Add on to the festivity by bringing back one of our Raya baskets, everyone in the kampung will be in so much awe!
- The Beauty Behind The Eid Prayer
Eid prayer, or Solat Raya, is a profoundly serene and spiritual experience where Muslims would wake up early on the morning of Hari Raya to gather at their local mosques to perform a special congregational prayer, showing their love and gratitude to God while strengthening the social bonds among their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.
- Dressing To Impress For A Stylish Occasion
Raya dress codes are primarily a colourful and stylish affair, with traditional attire taking centre stage. The gals would don their stunning baju kurung or kebaya, while the dudes would sport the classic baju Melayu. Suffice it to say, it's a fashion fiesta that adds a splash of pizazz to the already vibrant celebration of Hari Raya, making it a sight to behold!
- Rendang, Snacks & Kuih Muih: Culinary Delights Galore
As the aroma of delicious delicacies fills the air during Hari Raya, Malaysians of all backgrounds come together in a unifying foodie frenzy. From savoury rendang to crispy ketupat, aromatic lemang to the oh-so sweet dodol, it's best to leave your diet at the door and join the celebration! Because in Malaysia, our love for food transcends all differences and creates a heart-warming bond that makes Eid a truly special day. Did you know? Our Safina set consists of yummy baklava and assorted dates that will truly satisfy the sweet tooths in your family; bring one home with you and have them plated on our traditional ceramic coaster.
- A Diverse Community Coming Together With Shared Ideals
One of the unique aspects of Eid in Malaysia is that it can also be a time for our community to come together to celebrate diversity. Such inclusivity is a hallmark of our culture, making Malaysia an exemplary model of peaceful coexistence and diversity. Whether you're Malay, Chinese, Indian or even an exotic blend of all three, you're sure to find yourself celebrating with much fanfare and enthusiasm. If you’re visiting a friend this Raya, carry with you a small gift to thank the hosts for their generous hospitality, we have lots of options for you to choose from! Browse our entire Raya 2023 Collection here.
In a world where division and intolerance seem to be on the rise, it's touching to see Malaysians setting aside their differences and embracing our unique diversity with open arms - a reminder that, at our core, we're all the same, looking for good food and even greater company, regardless of our race and religion. We balik kampung, we eat and gossip over kuih raya, we sleep on the old tilam in front of the TV, we collect stacks of duit raya, and most importantly, we make memories with friends and families that will last a lifetime. Because, in the end, that's what being a Malaysian is all about, right? (cue the tear-inducing Petronas ads)
Here at The Chic Habitat, we wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI!! May this festive occasion fill your hearts with joy, your homes with warmth, and your lives with an abundance of love and blessings.