More Than Just Hipster Bazaars: 5 Things You Should Know About Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa!

Across the globe, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr also known as Hari Raya Puasa to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The observation of the month of Ramadan marks the anniversary of the Quran being revealed to Prophet Mohammed.

Here are all the 5 things you should know about Hari Raya Puasa!

#1 Muslims fast from dawn to dusk

 “Whoever fasts in Ramadan and seeks reward, his past sins will be forgiven.” – Imam al-Bukhari

 Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with belief, worship, charitable donation and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

In Ramadan, diets are radically altered as Muslims only eat during Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (meal to end the fast) – which are essential part of fasting. Observing fasting during Ramadan means Muslims may not eat or drink anything including water while the sun is still shining.

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A fun fact to note is that fasting hours differ depending on the country you’re in! Fasting times can be calculated by observing the longest and shortest intervals from Fajr to Maghreb. Fasting times can be as short as 11hours and as long as 21 hours.

Fret not, in countries where sunset and sunrise are too close or are indistinguishable, Muslims are to follow the timings of the closest city that has have distinguishable day and night timings.

The entirety of Ramadan promotes quality time with loved ones often by coming together for meals and mending relationships.

 Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with belief, worship, charitable donation and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

 #2 Difference between Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji

 Hari Raya Haji marks the end Hajj – where pilgrimage Muslims make to the holy city of Mecca. Hari Raya Haji happens 70 days after Ramadan.

The ritual of Hari Raya Haji also differs from Hari Raya Puasa. After prayers, livestock such as sheep, goats and cows will be sacrificed to commemorate the Islamic Prophet Ibrahim who sacrificed his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God.

The meat from sacrificed livestock is usually donated to the needy.

 #3 More than just Bazaar Geylang hipster food

 Leading up to the festivities, many might have visited Bazaar Geylang. In recent years, the bazaar didn’t disappoint with the variety of hipster food!

During Hari Raya festivities, hipsters can’t resist the homemade Rendang, Kuah Lodeh, Sambal Goreng, Lontong (whatever your preference is) in the morning of Hari Raya. That’s basically what you eat during the festivities, but no complains!

The variety of food served on Hari Raya is endless, here are three of my family favorites!

(since most of us are still fasting, we’ll just enjoy looking at the photos now)

Ketupat

Ketupat is a type of dumpling made from rice packed inside a diamond-shaped container of woven palm leaf pouch. Have your Ketupat with any dishes, confirm shiok!

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Rendang is a popular dish of meat stewed in coconut milk and spices, commonly found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. What makes a Rendang special is the rempah which is the ‘spice mix’ used.

Serunding arguably the most famous dish during Hari Raya. Made of beef or chicken floss (at times coconut too) cooked in spices till it is dry. If you’re game for spicy food, serunding can be spicy. This divine dish can be a complement to other festive dishes.

Trust me on this, I will drop the Burger Ramlee anytime for a perfectly seasoned Rendang with Ketupat!  Drools...

Despite the modern take to Baju Kurung we see, it still adheres to dressing modestly and respectfully to the host.

 #4 Baju Kurung on point!

Fashion is a big part when it comes to celebrating Hari Raya. Increasingly, many traditional Baju Kurung take on a more modern and minimalistic twist of what’s trending. Whatever style you like, it will be available this season!

Baju Kurung is essential part to Hari Raya, especially when visiting friends and family. Despite the modern take to Baju Kurung we see, it still adheres to dressing modestly and respectfully to the host. Remember for Hari Raya, wearing less is not advisable.

So, don your Baju Kurung to join in the festivities! Don’t forget to prepare some green packets in your pockets too!

With so many relatives, friends, neighbors and neighbor’s auntie’s cat to visit… a month of festivities might be just right.

 #5 Celebration lasts for a month

A good excuse to buy more than one set of Baju Kurung for visiting because Hari Raya Puasa lasts for a month!

With so many relatives, friends, neighbors and neighbor’s auntie’s cat to visit… a month of festivities might be just right.

Oh, don’t forget to sample all the Kueh when visiting! We all know which aunty makes the best Kueh Tat (Pineapple Tart) …shhh!

The LadyBoss team wishes our Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

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