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Congratulations – you’ve made it to the end Ramadan which takes place from April 23 to May 23 this year. This Islamic holy month sees Muslims around the world (except the sick, elderly, pregnant or menstruating) abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk. This is all done while practising charitable deeds and acts of compassion as fasting doubles as a reminder of the sufferings faced by the less fortunate.
To mark the end of the fasting month, Muslims celebrate with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore, on May 24. Besides a massive feast (home-cooked or delivered), the religious occasion is a time for forgiveness and making amends.
How to spend Hari Raya during the circuit breaker
Due to the current situation, the Religious Islamic Council of Singapore (MUIS) recently announced that house visiting, even among family members, are not to be carried out during the circuit breaker period. Singaporean pilgrims are also advised to defer the annual haj pilgrimage to Mecca to 2021.
As mosques islandwide are closed during this period, Eid prayers will have to be performed at home. The takbir (communal prayer calls) will be broadcasted on the eve and morning of Hari Raya via platforms such as SalamSG TV's YouTube channel, the Facebook pages of MUIS and mosques, and Malay radio station Warna 94.2FM.
For everything Hari Raya, including the greetings, traditions, food, and even online events, check out our nifty guide and join in the festivities from home.