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The History & Significance Of The Ketupat During Hari Raya

Its ties to Hari Raya Aidilfitri began in Java, Indonesia in the 15th century.

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In Javanese, the phrase means ‘to admit one’s mistakes’ and also ties into the act of asking for forgiveness during Hari Raya.

The weaving of criss-cross patterns of the palm leaves on the outer layer of the ketupat represents the sins and mistakes of human nature.

On the inside, the white rice cakes symbolise purity that is achieved after a month of fasting during Ramadan.

The young coconut leaves used to weave the ketupat are called ‘janur’ in Java, and this is derived from the Arabic…

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