Ramadan In Malaysia


Malaysians love religious events. Islamic festivals and events such as the Ramadan month are among the most cheerfully celebrated occasions in Malaysia.

The month of Ramadan is characterized by the tradition of fasting from sunrise to sunset for the whole month. People who are used to the cold and mild climates will probably see the Ramadan month in Malaysia as a huge challenge due to the hot and dry weather.

The bubur lambuk porridge

The first day of Ramadan is considered a pubic holiday in Melaka, Johor and Kedah. Most places close up shop an hour early so employees can rush home and prepare for the day’s breaking of fast (iftar). In Malaysia, there is a tradition of making and distributing “bubur lambuk” – a creamy rice porridge with meat, coconut milk, and spices. There are many versions of bubur lambuk. The most famous one is the Kampung Baru Mosque’s version. Every day, the committee members of the mosque wake up and prepare this dish as early as 8 in the morning. They can make up to 20 giant tubs a day. At 4 p.m., people start to line up waiting for the porridge, which would be distributed at 5 p.m. This porridge is a perk of the day as it is cooked with traditional recipe passed down from generation to generation.

The Ramadan bazaars

Ramadan in Malaysia would be incomplete without the Ramadan bazaars. You can find these markets everywhere. They offer a variety of fine dishes for your iftar. As you visit the Ramadan bazaars, you will be amazed by waves and waves of heavenly smells. Each bazaar has a different menu so you may find it worthy to visit a new one every day. It’s best to think ahead of what you want to buy and bring just enough money with you so you don’t get carried away.

The Ramadan atmosphere

As you stroll down the shopping malls, you will see that Ramadan is in the air. Almost all big malls in major cities will be decorated with a huge and delicate Eid centerpiece. Eid can be bought at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur. During Ramadan, these places are always full of happy shoppers and too-good-to-be-true bargains. You can hear  Eid songs playing all the time in all the places you go. At night, Muslims from all social, economic, and ethnic groups will come to the mosques to perform the Tarawih prayers. After that, they will enjoy a small supper called ‘moreh’ which was prepared by volunteers. People love to decorate their houses with twinkling fairy lights or traditional lamps (made from tin cans, bamboo sticks, and paraffin as fuel).

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