[Updated 11 May 2021]
Malaysia has been persevering through the pandemic since last year. For Malaysians, this will be our second Hari Raya Aidilfitri without our favourite festive moments like planning our balik kampung trips, visiting our grandparents and relatives, as well as performing Eid prayers at the mosque. We may look forward to a more humble celebration with our close family members this year, but there are some SOPs and regulations to keep in mind during Hari Raya Aidilfitri. So read on to find out how Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia will look like in 2021.
Note: As of 11 May 2021, MCO (Movement Control Order) has been implemented nationwide.
States and federal territories in Malaysia that are placed under MCOUpdated on 11 May 2021
MCO (12 May - 7 June 2021)
- Kuala Lumpur
- Negeri Sembilan
No Raya visits and no open house
On the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, we look forward to visiting our grandparents, family members and relatives to celebrate this joyous occasion. In 2021, Aidilfitri visits in Malaysia are not allowed to curb the spike of COVID-19 cases.
- House-to-house takbir raya
- Hari raya open house and events
No balik kampung visits
As of 11 May 2021, interstate travel and inter district travel are temporarily banned in Malaysia. Hence, no balik kampung visits are allowed during Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Aidilfitri prayers at the mosque are allowed but in limited attendance
We also welcomed the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri with a visit to the mosque. Depending on where you are in Malaysia, Aidilfitri prayers at the local mosques will depend on the SOPs provided by the state's religious authorities.
- Takbir raya at mosque or surau
- Aidilfitri prayer at mosque or surau (not more than 50 people for places that can accommodate over 1,000 capacity)
- Aidilfitri prayer at mosque or surau (not more than 20 people for places that can accommodate less than 1,000 capacity)
- Post Aidilfitri prayer and feast at mosque or surau (the committee is encourage to prepare packed food for the congregation to take home)
No visiting of graves
Currently, visiting of graves during Hari Raya Aidilfitri are not allowed nationwide.
It may be another year of no balik kampung visits and open houses during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia, but it's still a significant time to focus on the little joys and blessings this year. As long as we have the chance to celebrate it with our loved ones, it'll continue to be another blessed Hari Raya Aidilfitri wherever we are.