A time for family and friends

by Reedz on October 6, 2008

In this region, Eid is also commonly known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Idul Fitri or Hari Raya Puasa. Hari Raya literally means ‘Day of Celebration’ i.e. ‘The Day’. Muslims in this region celebrate Eid like other Muslims throughout the world. It is the biggest holiday in Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia and is the most awaited one. Shopping malls and bazaars are filled with people days ahead of Hari Raya, causing a distinctive festive atmosphere throughout the country. Many banks, government and private offices are closed for this holiday, which usually lasts a week.

It is common to greet people with “Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri” or “Salam Aidilfitri” which means “Happy Eid”. Muslims also greet one another with “maaf zahir dan batin” in Malaysian, which means “Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings)”, because Eid ul-Fitr is not only for celebrations but also the time for Muslims to cleanse their sins and strengthen their ties with relatives and friends.

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A time for family portraits

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A time for catching up with growing babies

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A time for pictures with loved ones

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A time for fathers and sons

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A time for mothers and daughters

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A time for cousins and siblings

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A time for new friendships

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