Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of a month of fasting for Muslims. It is a day of joyous celebrations on the first day Syawal. In the morning, Muslims perform prayers at the mosque while children ask for forgiveness from their parents. The little ones will also be given ‘duit raya’.
Days before, the womenfolk make many varieties of cakes, cookies and sweetmeats. They also cook ‘rendang’ curries and prepare ‘satay‘ to go with the ‘ketupat‘. Homes are decorated with many coloured lights all over the garden. Small lamps are lit and placed along the driveway.
The Muslim community is also encouraged to be charitable during this period, and the giving of the green packet is a form of such charity. Green packets are generally given to children and young adults who are not working.
Fasting : Abstinence from food. Stay away from basic human necessities.
Syawal : The tenth month of lunar Islamic calendar.
Duit Raya : Gift of money in small green envelope.
Satay : A dish of southeast Asia consisting of strips of marinated meat, poultry, or seafood grilled on skewers and dipped in peanut sauce.
Ketupat : Rice packed inside a diamond-shaped container of woven palm leaf pouch.