When is the Hari Raya in 2011?
Hari Raya Haji / Eid al-Adha / Hari Raya Idul Adha / Festival of Sacrifice
Hari Raya Haji 2011 Sunday*, 6 November 2011
Hari Raya Haji, or the “pilgrimage festival”, marks the end of a Muslim’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, it commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail in an act of obedience to God. In Singapore, Hari Raya Haji is a public holiday.Hari Raya Haji, otherwise known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, is celebrated over a period of three days by Muslims all over the world. It commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in the name of God. According to the Islamic calendar, Hijrah, this festival starts on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja, 70 days after the holy month of Ramadan.
Hari Raya Haji Background:Hari Raya Haji (Aidil Adha) falls on 10 Zulhijjah, the 10th day of the 12th month of the Muslim calendar. The Muslim calendar, with the months alternating between 29 and 30 days, is 11 days shorter than the 365-day Gregorian calendar.
On the day of Hari Raya Haji , which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims worldwide sacrifice sheep, cows or camels for the sake of religion and community. It is done in remembrance of the sacrifice undertaken by Prophet Ibrahim, who was ready to sacrifice his son Ismail, but a ram appeared in his place at the last moment.Hari Raya Haji also marks the end of the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Muslims gather in Mecca to perform the pilgrimage, which is the fifth pillar of Islam.
Hari Raya Haji Description:Male volunteers at mosques or Muslim institutions usually perform the sacrificial slaughtering after the Hari Raya Haji congregational prayers. This sacrificial slaughtering, also known as korban, is a voluntary act. Sheep, goats and cows are ritually slaughtered as sacrifice. The meat is then distributed to the community, neighbours and relatives, with special attention to the needy and poor, as a reminder to share one’s wealth with others. Muslim Singaporeans are increasingly doing korban with Muslim associations and mosques, locally and abroad.
When is the Hari Raya in 2012 ?
Date of Hari Raya 2012 / Lebaran 2012
In 2012, Hari Raya AidilFitri / Idul Fitri / Lebaran is likely to fall on Sunday, 19 August 2012. Please note Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and thus this Hari Raya date given is approximation.
Hari Raya Puasa is the biggest festival for Muslim around the world, together with Hari Raya Haji / Qurban