One of the happening celebration Malay Muslims in
Malaysia now days are Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This celebration also known as Hari
Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Fitah and Hari Lebaran. The meaning of Hari Raya
Aidilfitri for Muslims is bringing purity for human being. In this celebration
Malays have unique tradition for celebrate their Hari Raya Aidilfitri with
their own ways. For Malays, their unique tradition activities while celebration
likes Hari Raya Aidilfitri make their bond of family relationship become
stronger and it also make their culture so unique than other.
One of Malays
unique tradition activities in Malaysia at Hari Raya Aidilfitri is visiting families,
friends and neighbour. Visiting each other is encouragement in Islam. At the
morning of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, before Muslims pray Solat Sunat Hari Raya
Aidilfitri, Muslims visit their family grave for remembered the lost of their
family members. Muslims pray surah Al-Fatihah or Yasin as a gift for their family who have
died. After Solat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Malays will visiting their families,
friends and neighbour. They will apologize each other and will forget mistake
that they have done in the past. Hari Raya is the day for Muslims to happy and
forgive each others. Also to get their relationship become stronger while they
celebrating their victory to pray for Allah.
Pocket money or duit raya is popular tradition at Hari
Raya. Adults give duit raya to
children in the envelope that Malays call it sampul duit raya. This tradition is adaptation from Chinese Ang
Pau, the difference between Chinese Ang Pau and Malays Duit Raya is the color
of the envelope. The envelope for duit
raya is colorful and came with creative design for Hari Raya. This tradition
make children happy and to teach them how to saving their money for the future.
For Muslims this tradition is good as they known as giving is
better than receiver. Sometimes this duit
raya tradition have change with giving present.
At the last seven
night before Hari Raya, Malays puts on the oil lamps for cheer up the spirits
of the celebration of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This tradition turn on mode of
Hari Raya Aidilfiri. The view is so nice and we just will see it once in a
year. At the last seven last night of Ramadhan before Syawal, Muslims goes to the
mosque for praying searching for the Lailatulqadar. So the traditions to puts
on the oil lamps actually is helping Muslims who going to the mosque at night
to search their way easily.
The tradition must
be continued when Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrate. Young generations of Malay
will known their culture and uniqueness. The traditions must be transmitted to new
generation for guiding them to keep the tradition continue. The Government can
help by create events every years for inspired Malays new generation to
maintain their culture, so the young generations of Malay will follow the
humble and politeness culture of Malays.