Malaysia is preparing this week for the end of Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims.
The Muslim-majority nation of more than 32 million people began observing Ramadan fasting on May 17. During Ramadan, millions of Muslims around the world are required to refrain from food or drink from dawn to dusk for 30 days. Fasting is intended to bring the faithful closer to God.
Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a three-day holiday known as Eid al-Fitr. Malaysia marks Eid with popular traditions, such as the serving “bubur lambuk,” a creamy rice porridge cooked with assorted spices, coconut milk and pieces of meat.
The most popular and much sought-after version is distributed at the Kampung Baru Mosque and at the Indian Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. After the end of prayer at mosques, a small supper called “moreh” is served and participants sit close to each other and share the meal.