Malaysia Hari Raya Puasa Holiday
Hari Raya Puasa (also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri) is celebrated as a national public holiday in Malaysia. Celebrated by the Muslims, it marks the end of Ramadan, the holy fasting month.
|24 May||Sunday*||Good Friday 2020|
|26 May||Tuesday||Good Friday 2020||All except JHR, KDH, KTN, TRG|
|13 May||Thursday||Good Friday 2021|
|3 May||Tuesday||Good Friday 2022|
|22 Apr||Saturday||Good Friday 2023|
|10 Apr||Wednesday||Good Friday 2024|
|31 Mar||Monday||Good Friday 2025|
What is Hari Raya Puasa in Malaysia All About?
They welcome Hari Raya Puasa in Malaysia with great joy and merriment as Muslims gather with family. Translated, the word Hari Raya quite literally means “day of celebration”. It is considered by the Muslim community to be among the two most important celebrations in their religion. The other is Hari Raya Haji.
The Hari Raya Puasa public holiday spans over a two-day period. However, many Muslims usually take up to a week’s leave to return home to their extended families. Major highways in Malaysia are severely congested in the days leading up to the celebration. Many Muslims and non-Muslims alike take advantage of the long holidays to travel across Malaysia.
How Do They Celebrate It?
The excitement leading up to Hari Raya Puasa is palpable. Families will be out and about during the weekend shopping for new clothes and household items. Brightly coloured ketupat, kampong houses and oil land decorations adorn the major shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur. Restaurants tantalise your taste buds too with a wide selection of Buka Puasa meal selections beginning during Ramadan itself.
On the day, family and friends come together to seek forgiveness. Many Muslims also take to visiting their ancestors’ graves during Hari Raya Puasa. Prayers will take place at the mosque before the festivities commence at home. Relatives from far and wide get together and enjoy a delicious feast of all the traditional Malay delicacies. It is customary for children to receive money (duit raya) from parents and family elders.
What to Do During Hari Raya Puasa in Malaysia
As with every public holiday in Malaysia, except all schools and most offices to be closed on this day. Major shopping centres continue to operate with lots of jollity and music adding to the atmosphere of celebration. If you happen to be in Malaysia, there’s no shortage of delicious Malay food served at restaurants and hotels. Expect to see feasts everywhere, especially if you’re visiting friends during Hari Raya Puasa.
Most Malaysians however, prefer to spend the public holiday with their families and loved ones. Non-Muslim families travel locally too, visiting family living in different states. Or they may visit any of the local tourist attractions that continue to operate throughout Malaysia. If you plan to travel locally during this period, you should plan your journey in advance to avoid being caught in heavy traffic.