Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2011

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Eid ul-FitrEid al-FitrId-ul-Fitr, or Id al-Fitr (Arabic: ‎عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fiṭr means "original nature," implying the restoration of one's best human composition. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal.
Eid-ul-Fitr Salat (Namaz in Persian) is a Sunnah muak'kad (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable) – depending on which juristic opinion is followed – Islamic prayer consisting of two raka'ah (units) which is generally offered in an open field or large hall called an Eed-gah. This salaat or prayer, can only be performed withJama’at (i.e., in congregation) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying Allahu Akbar (God is Great), three of them in the beginning of the first raka'ah and three of them just before ruku' in the second raka'ah in the Hanafi school. Muslims are commanded by God in the Qur'an to complete their fast until the last day of Ramadan.

In MalaysiaSingapore, and Brunei, Eid is more commonly known as Hari Raya AidilfitriHari Raya Idul Fitri or Hari Raya PuasaHari Raya, which literally means 'Celebration Day'.
Idul Fitri is the biggest holiday in Indonesia and Brunei; and one of the biggest in Malaysia and Singapore. Shopping malls and bazaars are usually filled with people days ahead of Idul Fitri, which creates a distinctive festive atmosphere throughout the country, along with traffic mayhem. Many banks, government and private offices are closed for the duration of the Lebaran festivities.
In Hua Ho Dept. Store, Brunei, the preparation was done earlier days of August and one of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri preparations is the store's display with the theme: Balik Kampung. In Hua Ho - Yayasan branch, it is a solo task for me since our senior artist—JP Quidores is also busy finalizing our store's Shopping Guide Book. (Whew! It's a challenging job, but can be immensely satisfying too. ^_^ )

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