Malaysians mark end of Ramadan
By Lee Hyo-sik
Malaysia will hold Hari Raya Aidilfitri, a two-day festival to mark the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting. The celebration allows non-Muslims the unique opportunity to experience the ways of Islamic life in Malaysia.
Falling on Aug. 30, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a Muslim celebration to stop fasting. During the holy month of Ramadan, which began Aug. 1, Muslims perform an obligatory abstinence from food and drink lasting from dawn to dusk.
The event signifies the victory of self-restraint and abstinence as well as symbolizes purification and renewal.
Beginning with a special prayer at mosques and followed by a gathering of family members and relatives, specially prepared dishes for the occasion are enjoyed together. Muslims also visit their friends and neighbors and seek forgiveness from each other. Lots of tasty delicacies make the long-awaited celebration worthwhile and memorable.
Non-Muslims and guests can mingle with the locals and taste traditional goodies while watching fascinating performances at the Hari Raya Open House. It is an occasion to experience unity among Malaysians.
In Malaysia, the Malays, the Chinese, Indians, Eurasians and other indigenous groups retain and nurture their individual customs, traditions and religions while existing in harmony. As a multiracial and multicultural country, Malaysia showcases a kaleidoscope of colorful customs and religions.
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