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Hari Raya Puasa Holiday 2011

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 is a Ministry of Manpower (MoM) public holiday in Singapore Calendar. The holiday is to celebrate the Muslim and Malay Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday. In Hijriah (Islamic Date) calendar, it falls on 1 Syawal 1431.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri (also known as Hari Raya Lebaran, Hari Raya Idul Fitri, and Hari Raya Puasa, literally “Celebration Day of Fasting”) is the Malay term for the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr.

It is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan 2011 / Ramadhan 2011, the Islamic holy month of “Puasa” (fasting). The holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated starting on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal / Syawal.

Muslims in Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia celebrate Eid like other Muslims throughout the world. The term “Hari Raya” literally means “Day of Celebration” ? it is also occasionally used to refer to Eid ul-Adha in the form of “Hari Raya Aidiladha” or “Hari Raya Idul Adha”.

On this day, Muslims all over the world offer a special prayer in the morning and later visit their relatives and friends. The young will seek forgiveness from elders for their past misconduct.

In Singapore, the first day of the Hari Raya is celebrated as a public holiday, where civil servants and private sector workers alike are mostly not required to work.

In Indonesia and Malaysia, it is a long holiday period, with some companies are not working for as long as 2 weeks.

The main greeting used by Muslims in Singapore and Malaysia is “Selamat Hari Raya” which means “Happy Eid” in Malay. Another greeting is “Maaf Zahir dan Batin” which translates loosely to “I seek forgiveness (from you) physically and spiritually”, for Hari Raya is a time to reconcile and renew relationships with others.

In Indonesia, the more commonly used greetings are “selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri”, “Selamat Lebaran”, and “Maaf Lahir dan Batin”.

During the Muslim month of Ramadan leading up to Hari Raya, it is mandatory for Muslims to fast from dawn to dusk. All Muslims except the young, old or infirm must fast. Many Muslims also abstain from pleasures such as smoking cigarettes and sexual activities during the daylight of the fasting month.

Widely, markets, or ‘Ramadan bazaars’ are held in many areas around the country, where all sorts of food and kuih ? traditional Malay delicacies ? are sold for breaking fast or buka puasa. Hotels and restaurants have also exploited this situation to offer exorbitant Ramadan buffets.

The main attraction place to observe the Hari Raya and the preparations prior to festival is best observed at Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai, a bustling outdoor market and the Hari Raya Light-Up, as well as various Mosque around Singapore.

Happy Hari Raya Puasa 2011

See also:
Hari Raya Puasa 2011
Hari Raya Puasa 2012

Chinese Lunar New Year 2010 = Valentine 2010

See also: Chinese New Year 2012

The first day of Chinese/Lunar New Year 2010 falls on Sunday, 14 February 2010, which means it falls on same days as St. Valentine’s Day.

Depending on how you look at it, this may be a blessing or trouble.

Days prior to and during Chinese New Year are traditionally busiest period for restaurants as well as travel agencies.

Many Chinese families will have reunion dinners together at the restaurants, ordering relatively expensive dinner package.

Some others will take a holiday trip, since Chinese New Year is also the longest public holiday in Singapore (2 days, plus another one day if it happens to be on Sunday like on year 2010).

St. Valentine’s Day is when couples, young and old will relive romance in their relationship, with many preferring romantic dinners at the favourite restaurants.

With the two festival comes together, restaurants will have to choose one to focus on, and that means they have to lose one of the best business day for the year 2010.

List of Singapore Public Holidays Dates In Calendar Year 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Here is the list of recent public holidays calendar

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2011

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2010

Singapore School Holiday 2010 Calendar (not confirmed by MoE – Ministry of Manpower – yet)

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2009

MoE (Ministry of Education) Calendar of Singapore School Terms and Holidays for year 2009

MoM (Ministry of Manpower) Calendar of Singapore Public Holidays for The Year 2008