Hari Raya Puasa, observed by Muslims throughout the world, is a public holiday in Singapore. This celebration marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first verses of the Quran during this month, and the observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. This year, Hari Raya Puasa falls on Tuesday, May 3.
In Malay, "Hari Raya" can be translated as "grand day of rejoicing," while "Puasa" means "fasting." Also known as the festival of Eid al-Fitr or Aidilfitri, the day typically begins with a visit to the mosque for a service that includes special prayers. In Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, Muslims dress in traditional clothes, children ask their parents for forgiveness for wrongs done in the past year, and many families visit the cemetery to remember those who have passed away. Then families and friends enjoy favorite dishes together, celebrating the successful completion of a month of self-discipline. We wish all those celebrating this special time Selamat Hari Raya!