Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

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Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the time when you can meet the King and Queen of Malaysia personally. This is your chance to shake hands with them, as well as take pictures (and gawk) at the Istana Negara (the Royal palace) – the official residence of the King. Do drop in as well to the Prime Minister’s official abode at Seri Perdana in Jalan Damansara. But please be warned – the queue could stretch for miles! But it is an experience not to be missed.

Malaysians have this great tradition which is called “open-house”, a warm showing of what is known as Malaysian hospitality. Doors are opened to friends and foes. It does not even matter if you do not know your hosts! Just wish them Selamat Hari Raya and enjoy the glorious feast prepared for this celebration. Dress code for those who wish to pay their respects to the King and the Prime Minister is either formal, smart casual or long-sleeved batik.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the most joyful of Muslim celebrations celebrated after Ramadhan, the fasting month. This is also the time when Muslims working in the towns and cities make an exodus for their kampung or villages. So avoid travelling by bus or train (or even by road) as it would be unpleasantly crowded. Special prayers are held in mosques and it is a season when Muslims ask for forgiveness from their family members and friends. Muslims will be dressed in new traditional clothes on this special day.
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