“Raya” means Eid al-Fitr. In Indonesia, it’s commonly known as “Idul Fitri” while in Malaysia and Singapore, it’s usually called as “Raya” (with the greetings “Selamat Hari Raya”.)
Eid al-Fitr/Raya is Islamic two-days celebration after a month-long Ramadan fasting which celebrated publicly/nationwide (not restricted to moslems only because, hey, festivities!) The word “fitr” means “oneself/one’s original soul.” During Raya, folks ask for forgiveness and forgive each other. After 30 days of fasting, one can finally celebrate it together with friends and families. This is the time when families and friends gather — and the main theme of Raya is balik kampung or mudik (in Indonesian); means, homecoming.
Raya started early morning when the moslems are going to a public field or the biggest mosque in the area to have Eid shalat/prayers. After the shalat, folks usually hanging around at the mosque while greeting each other — even strangers. Then, we all come home and prepare for Eid meal. Neighbors, friends, and families usually visit each other too.
Raya songs usually really cheerful, upbeat, and pretty loud. I feel the Lofi Raya Beats do a really good job on giving the ✨aesthetic✨ vibe.
We are halfway through Ramadan! Lets do our best!