Hari Raya Puasa is one of the most joyful festivals of the Muslim faith. It follows the month of fasting and self-restraint known as Ramadan, an important segment of the Muslim calendar. Discover why Muslims fast during Ramadan, and explore some of the joyful traditions that follow this month of self-control.
The Reasons for Fasting During Ramadan
People of the Muslim faith take fasting very seriously. It’s a time to focus on one’s faith, to exercise self-control, and to practice cleaner life habits. According to the Qur’an, fasting is prescribed for Muslims as a means of attaining “taqwa,” a state of piety and morality, protected from evil. Fasting is essential as a part of every Muslim’s spiritual purification.
During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from drink, food, and sexual activities from dawn until dusk. They exercise this additional self-control for the entire month. It’s a process of curbing physical appetites and delaying carnal pleasure. As part of the journey to righteousness, Ramadan is good for the soul.
Exceptions to the Fasting of Ramadan
There are some people who do not need to fast during Ramadan. Children under the age of puberty are allowed to eat and drink during the day. Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, mentally challenged individuals, or chronically ill patients are not required to fast. There are a few other exceptions as well, particularly for those involved in strenuous activities that require extra sustenance. Some of these people are required to fast later for an equivalent number of days, before the next Ramadan comes around; and sometimes other restitution is required for not fasting during Ramadan.
Celebrations on Hari Raya
When Ramadan is over, it’s customary to celebrate on the day known as Hari Raya Puasa. This is a day of joy and victory, when people gather at the mosque to pray, dress in new traditional clothing, and visit each other to enjoy delicious meals.
Food for the Festival
As a Halal catering service in Singapore, Eatz Catering offers a number of buffet options for Hari Raya. We have mini buffet menu sets and Nasi Tumpeng sets as well. Some of the available dishes on our Hari Raya menus include traditional favourites like Beef Rendang, curried eggs, Nasi Kuning, and Sambal Belacan. Cucumber Achar and Bergedil are also popular dishes. Each mini buffet or Nasi Tumpeng set comes with assorted Hari Raya cupcakes, ending the meal with a sweet taste. If you’d like to add more meat to the meal, you can choose to have 50 chicken and mutton satay sticks added to your order for a cost of just $35. Visit the Eatz Catering website to view the full list of menu options, guest numbers, and pricing.
Placing an Order
If you plan to participate in the joys of Hari Raya, order your buffet, mini buffet, or Nasi Tumpeng set from Eatz Catering right away! Delivery charges will apply on June 25 and 26, 2017, so be sure to place your order as soon as possible. To all our Muslim clients and friends, Eatz Catering wishes a Selamat Hari Raya!