Saturday, 13 October 2007

Selamat Hari Raya!

So, this is it, the moon was sighted yesterday so now it's time for the three-day long Hari Raya, celebrating that Ramadan is over for this time.

Hari Raya means 'Grand Day', this is the biggest and most awaited holiday for the Muslims. They have been preparing for it for weeks, putting up colourful decorations everywhere and all buildings have been decorated with lamps, predominantly in green, often in combination with yellow and gold. Everybody have been sprucing up there homes with new furnishings and decorations. People have stocked up on food and drink for weeks, so they can have big parties now the next few days.
It is a little bit like our Christmas, with lots of Muslims going back home to be with their families. Children often receive presents and gifts at this time. There are big hampers for sale in the shops, and many families hold 'open houses' to invite everybody in to celebrate with them in lavish style.

School is off next week, and apparently many government and private offices are closed for this holiday too.

So Selamat Hari Raya! Enjoy the holidays!

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