Sunday, 29 November 2009

Celebration Of Aidil Adha

On Friday, Muslims celebrated the Aidil Adha, and for us that meant a long weekend and we headed off to my hometown to celebrate the Big Day.

What is Aidil Adha? It is one of the biggest and most important events in the annual Muslim calendar; celebrated on the 10th day of the Muslim month Zulhijjah. Every year millions of  pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca perform the fifth pillar of Islam, that is the haj and Aidil Adha marks the end of the haj pilgrimage period. During Aidil Adha, a ritual known as korban or sacrifice is carried out after the Aidiladha prayer. Hence Aidil Adha is also commonly known as Hari Raya Korban or Hari Raya Haji in Malaysia.

This year, my parents decided to do korban. Korban means sacrifice of animals such as cows, goats and camels that meet certain religious criteria. We had a small kenduri (feast) afterwards, after the Isyak prayer.

In the photo above, the cow that was slaughtered earlier being prepared to be cut and distributed.  One third of the meat is given to the individual who made the sacrifice, while the rest is given to the poor and deserving people in the community.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha.

18 comments:

  1. Selamat Hari Raya to you and all Muslims. Hope you are having a wonderful long weekend.

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  2. Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha..

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  3. @Life Ramblings & Wenn,
    Thanks. :)

    Hope you enjoyed the long weekend too.

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  4. Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha to you & family! Enjoy your hols going back to hometown!

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  5. @Dora,
    Thanks dearie. How about you? Did you and little monster had a great weekend? :)

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  6. Selamat hari raya Aidil Adha. Hope you had a great time at hometown :)

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  7. @Evan's Mom,
    we certainly did. A bit tiring of course but Raimie loves going back to our hometown and be surrounded by relatives. :)

    How about you?

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  8. Selamat Hari Raya Haji :P

    belated at least.

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  9. Got back from JB at 2am yesterday because the jam was massive. I think I was going to puke like, 10 times. But all in all, Hari Raya Haji this year was fun and had some korban done too, for our family members. Hope you had a good one and now, back to work again! :P

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  10. @ladyviral,
    thanks dear.

    @Angel,
    wah! How many hours were you stuck in jam? But what to do, eh? Everyone also want to go back. And you had fun during the Raya, so that jam would be worth the trouble, no? :)

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  11. i tak balik raya but dapat few stock tulang lembu and daging also rendang from MIL...

    BTW, selamat hari raya

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  12. @Yatie,
    Selamat Hari Raya. :)

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  13. Ada jamal Abdillah masa tuh? Hari ya Si jamal tu siap masuk tv lagi...hahaha

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  14. @Willie,
    No Jamal at my hometown. LOL
    Celebrity of course lah kena masuk TV. :D

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  15. Selamat hari Raya to you and the rest of your family!

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  16. Oh! So you were celebrating Aidil Adha while I was enjoying myself in Kenyir! Haha! Hmmm, feels like going for massage again. LOL!

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  17. @foong,
    That trip of yours to Kenyir was relaxing.
    Celebrating the Hari Raya with a kenduri scheduled was really tiring! Had to shelve our planned trip to Cameron Highlands some more because everyone woke up late. :(

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