Malaysia celebrates numerous festivals. In fact the most number of religious holidays are observed in Malaysia. Hari Raya Pausa is one such important festival.
Hari Raya Pausa Festival is also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri and is the most significant and meaningful celebration for Muslims. The celebration takes place to mark the end of Ramadhan or the fasting month. The day is also very significant since it includes two of the five tenets of Islam's. These two include to fast during the month of Ramadhan and to also pay zakat fitrah or alms tax. Muslims celebrate the 10th month of the Muslim calendar, also the first month of Syawal with great enthusiasm. Muslims pay their alms tax by the eve of Hari Raya Pausa Festival which is then distributed to the poor.
The day of Hari Raya Pausa Festival is celebrated by visiting the mosque first thing in the morning. After prayers, Muslims visit the grave to pay homage to the departed souls of loved ones. It is also the time for family reunions when people gather together and ask for forgiveness from family members. It is a custom of for all Muslims on this day to ask for pardon and this is done in order of family security. On this occasion most Muslims open their homes to well wishers as well as visit friends and relatives.
The festive mood of Hari Raya Pasua can be felt by the lighting of lamps. The lamps are lighted from the 20th day of Ramadan, the night when Koran was sent down, right through the actual day of Hari Raya Pausa.
All mosques, homes, government and commercial buildings are beautifully decorated to mark this significant day. The celebrations last for a month. However the first three days are celebrated with much pomp and grandeur. However, many Muslims open their houses for the entire month to welcome friends and relatives.
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