Salam Aidilfitri, everyone!
Selamat Hari Raya, everyone!
For fellow Malay friends and relatives who are celebrating this festive, I pray that you will have a memorable time with your family and loved ones. For those of you living in Malaysia, enjoy the public holidays and go visit your friends. Time to eat up at open houses, chat up with friends far and near, and lean back to relax. For those of you who do not know what Hari Raya Aidilfitri is all about, let me tell you briefly about the festive.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a celebration day after the Malay folks have fasted for the month of Ramathan. During this month, they must fast from dawn to dusk and abstain from earthly pleasures such as smoking and sexual activities. It’s a period of time in which they keep themselves holy and pure for their god while cleansing their soul and spirit. After 30 days of fasting, they celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It is a time where they seek forgiveness from one another and reconcile in their relationships with one another.
In Malaysia, everyone celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri. People from all walks of life take opportunity of this festive to visit one another, reconcile broken relationships and ask for forgiveness from one another. One of the way to say it is ‘Maaf Zahir Batin‘ – which means ‘I seek forgiveness from you.’
Having said that, let me wish all of you folks out there, “Maaf Zahir Batin and Selamat Hari Aidilfitri!“