Malaysian Muslims Break Ramadan Fast with ‘Bubur Lambuk’

S. Mahfuz
Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Muslims break their fast at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, June 2, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]


Muslims recite the Quran while waiting for the breaking of fast at Kampung Baru Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, June 11, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]


A merchant arranges cookies at her stall at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur, June 10, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]


A customer looks at a row of traditional Malay attire Baju Melayu at a stall at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur, June 10, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]


A helper cleans the floor in preparation for breaking fast at Indian Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, June 1, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]


People line up to get a traditional Malay food called “Bubur Lambuk” at Indian Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, June 1, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]


Members of the “Ketuk-ketuk Sahur” group sing and play traditional musical instruments to excite people to wake up for a pre-dawn meal called “sahur” at Kampung Bukit Piatu in Malacca, Malaysia, June 3, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]


Hundreds of people look for bargains at a shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur, June 11, 2018. [S.Mahfuz/BenarNews]

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.


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