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Festivals | "Hari Raya Puasa" Other Festivals
‘Hari Raya Puasa’, also known as ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’ in other countries, marks the end of fasting, which is celebrated for the whole month of ‘Syawal’. For Muslims in Singapore, it is the most important festival of the year as it touches on the individual and his relationship to God.

Besides being the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’, it is also a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving because they fulfilled God’s command of discipline, individual’s devotion, collective worship and the completion of fasting marks a personal triumph for every Muslim against his base desires.

When Prophet ‘Muhammad’, the messenger of God (Allah), arrived at Medina, he found the people within the city constantly fighting. So, he set out to unite this divided city, to bring order and establish ‘Islam’ in the city. As the people began to grow used to the Muslim way of life, the prophet abolished all the animistic (worshipping and revering objects as having spiritual powers) festivals and told the Muslims that God had arranged only two festivals for them. One is ‘Eidul-Adha’ (Hari Raya Haji) and the other ‘Eidul-Fitr’ (Hari Raya Puasa).