Colourful Malaysia Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019

08:57 | 01/07/2019
Over 10,000 people participated in the two-day Malaysia Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019 held by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MoTAC) at the Royal Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Artists performed traditional dances at Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019

This celebration portrayed the real atmosphere of Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Open House celebrated by Malaysians. Visitors could experience the vibes of gotong-royong by taking part in the preparation of festive meals like ketupat, rendang, sate, bahulu, and lemang.

Visitors had the opportunity to witness the uniqueness of cross-cultural programmes in the Malaysian society.

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Artists in traditional costumes introduced Malaysia's colourful culture at Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019

Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019 was held to celebrate the diverse cultures and religions of Malaysia and aimed to be the best platform to provide exposure and understanding among Malaysians and tourists on the cultures, traditions, and customs practiced in a peaceful and united Malaysia, all brought in an event by MOTAC.

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Tourists learn how to make ketupat at Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019

Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019 created a historical moment when the event broke the Malaysia Book of Records with 1,500 people drinking the 'bird nest' at the same time.

Since 2001, MOTAC has been taking the initiative to bring together all races into one platform – to organise and celebrate the main festivities such as Christmas, Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, and Tadau Kaamatan.

The programme is held annually and has been part of the government’s initiative to spur the tourism industry by attracting 30 million tourists with RM100 billion ($24.2 billion) tourism revenue in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign by making Kuala Lumpur the International City of Arts and Culture.

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Food stalls served tourists and locals for free at Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the day marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of dawn to sunset fasting. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is one of the two most important celebrations for Muslims, next to Hari Raya Haji – the festival of Abraham’s sacrifice.

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Satay – one of the traditional dishes served at Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2019

Like Tet holiday in Vietnam, on Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Malay people wear their best traditional costume, and take turns to keep an open house. They stay at home to receive and entertain neighbours, family, and other visitors. It is common to see non-Muslims made welcome during Eid at these open houses and children will get token sums of money, also known as "duit raya", from their parents or elders, similar to the lucky money in Vietnam.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a chance for families and friends to seek forgiveness from each other, visiting ancestors’ graves, saying payers at the mosque, and visiting relatives and friends to feast on traditional Malay delicacies.

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