POTD: New clothes for Hari Raya Puasa or Eid al-Fitr

Apart from selling food for breaking of fast, the Ramadan Night Bazaar also sells plenty of interesting and beautiful stuff to help Muslims prepare for Hari Raya Puasa at the end of the fasting month.

Baju Kurung in many colours for the men. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Baju Kurung in many colours for the men. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Once the fasting month of Ramadan ends, the first day of the next month (Shawwal) is celebrated as Eid al-Fitr – the Arabic term meaning “festival of breaking of the fast”.

“除了卖开斋食品以外,回教斋月夜市也摆卖许多其他物品,譬如新衣,新鞋以及装饰品等。斋月过后,就是庆祝开斋节的时候了。大家都得穿上颜色鲜艳抢眼的新衣拜访亲戚朋友。” – 科技点心(微薄)

The day is known as Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei; and is also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Idul Fitri.

Hari Raya means “celebration day” in Malay.

This is also the time when workers in the city return to their hometowns to celebrate the feasting day with their families and parents.

In Malay, this homecoming is called “balik kampung”.

Baju Kebaya for the ladies. Beautiful bright colours adorned by intricate costume jewellery.

Baju Kebaya for the ladies. Beautiful bright colours adorned by intricate costume jewellery.

This is the day when everybody puts on their best outfit when they go visiting “open houses” hosted to celebrate the joyous festival.

These “open houses” usually also welcomes non-Muslims and these are ideal occasions to get to know our countrymen – and to partake the delicious cuisine served at these feasts!

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