What Is Terengganu’s Arafat Day in Malaysia All About?
Terengganu’s Arafat Day is a public holiday in the state of Terengganu only. On that day, schools and most businesses are closed so the public can enjoy the day off. This year, Arafat Day is celebrated on 19 July 2021.
In the Islamic calendar, the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage is called Arafat Day. This is the day that comes before Eid ul-Adha, the major Islamic holiday. In the Islamic calendar, Arafat Day falls on the ninth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah. This also happens to be the final twelfth month in the Islamic calendar.
An interesting fact about Arafat Day is how the date is varied between countries. That is because it is based on the lunar sightings, and therefore, the precise date fluctuates.
How Terengganu’s Arafat Day in Malaysia Is Celebrated
Traditionally, Arafat Day begins at dawn. Once dawn approaches, the Muslim pilgrims begin making their way from the nearby Mina hillside to Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafah. This is where the Prophet Muhammad carried out his Farewell Sermon in 632 CE.
Malaysians who are in Mecca performing the Hajj during this time partake in the pilgrimage. For Malaysians based at home, the day begins with prayers at the mosque for the men.
Things to Do During Terengganu’s Arafat Day in Malaysia
The Muslims spend the day in prayer and performing other religious activities associated with the day. Muslims fast as a symbol of exploiting the sins of the past.
For non-Muslims, enjoy the day off and spend some time either relaxing at home or catching up with friends and family. While several businesses and offices are closed, some establishments like shopping centres and other tourist attractions remain open.
Venues and Special Events for Celebrating Terengganu’s Arafat Day in Malaysia
The Mosque is the frequented venue for the day for local Muslims. As Terengganu’s Arafat Day is a state holiday rather than a nationwide holiday, any celebrations and special events (other than those held at the mosque) are generally held within the state itself.