Malaysians have this great tradition called open house a warm showing of what

Malaysians have this great tradition called open

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Malaysians have this great tradition called ‘open house’, a warm showing of what is known as Malaysian hospitality. Doors are opened to friends and family to come together and celebrate. There is usually plenty of traditional Malay food and desserts to be had. Hari Raya Aidil Adha Hari Raya Aidil Adha, or better known as Hari Raya Haji, is actually the most significant religious celebration for Muslims. It marks the end of the annual pilgrimage, or Haj, to the Holy City of Mecca, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which all able-bodied Muslims are asked to perform at least once in their lifetime. Hari Raya Aidil Adha is based on the concept of sacrifice, and it is during this occasion that Muslims all over the world are encouraged by their religion to slaughter cattle, sheep or goats as a token sacrifice symbolic of bigger sacrifices they are asked to uphold the sanctity of their religion. The sacrificing of animals is
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8 why many Malaysians also refer to this day as Hari Raya Qurban the Arabic word for offering. Sacrifices of cattle or goats are made to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s test of faith by God when he was asked to sacrifice his son. The meat from the sacrifices is distributed to the poor and needy. Special prayers and sermons are held at mosques in conjunction with the occasion. Unlike Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Aidil Adha is not marked by the holding of “open houses” but is more of a solemn religi ous occasion. But like Hari Raya Aidilfitri, most Muslims make it a point to return to their home town for the celebration. Wesak Day Wesak is celebrated by Buddhists to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha all three events having taken place on the same lunar date according to Buddhist reckoning. Buddhists observe a vegetarian diet to ‘cleanse’ themselves prior to the occasion. Thousands of devotees gather before dawn at
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