Hari Raya Aidilfitri or (Eid Mubarak) is a celebration for Muslims around the after a month long of fasting during Ramadhan.
On the first day of Raya, Muslims in Brunei and all over the world will take part in the Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayer which happens after sunrise. Before going to the mosque, according to the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ , it is recommended to take a bath, wearing scents and attending to one’s appearance such as getting a haircut, clipping one’s nails and wear one’s best clothes.
The prayer is held at the mosques around the world. In Brunei, the prayer will be followed by Khutbah (sermon) Aidilfitri.
After the prayer is done, families will then gather together at their houses and have a special breakfast which usually includes unique raya dishes such as rendang, lemang or ketupat, chicken curry and among others. Families then proceed the day by forgiving each other before going out to visit relatives houses.
In Brunei, one of the biggest tradition is the Istana Open house, which is held from the second day of eid for a total of three days. During the event, His Majesty members of the Royal family hold a meet-and-greet (known as ‘junjung ziarah’ in Malay) with the people, opening the palace to the public for three days. The occasion Is open not only for locals but also for foreigners or tourist who wants to experience Hari Raya in Brunei.
Other than the prayer, family events and Istana Open house, during raya, Brunei people will visit their relatives and friends houses with the aim to foster better relations between each other and enlighten the Raya atmosphere in the country.
These are some of the activities held in Brunei during raya, while it is not exclusive to Brunei, in some way, Brunei has their own unique ways to celebrate one of the most auspicious celebrations in the Muslim calendar.