On this day, we celebrate one of the biggest celebrations in the country – Eid Mubarak or more commonly known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The celebration marks the end of the month of Ramadan when Muslims around the world would fast – not eat or drink anything during the hours of daylight. Fasting during Ramadan is recognized as one of the five pillars of Islam; the others are Shahahad (declaration of faith), Solat (prayer), Zakat (charity), and the Hajj pilgrimage. When the new moon is seen on the evening of the last day of Ramadan, the fasting period comes to an end.
The sighting of the new moon is made by religious officials at various hilltops throughout the country and when the crescent moon is seen, the following day marks the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This is the day when Muslims greet each other with the phrase “Eid Mubarak”.
Do you know that “Eid Mubarak” is the traditional phrase used by Muslims to greet each other during both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha? In Arabic, “Mubarak” means blessed, and “Eid” means feast, festival, or celebration, hence, Eid Mubarak literally means “blessed celebration” or “blessed feast”. However, you can also simply wish “Happy Eid” to your Muslim friends and family. During the celebration, it is a tradition for Muslims to come together to celebrate the breaking of their fast either at large- scale events, family gatherings, etc.