There’s plenty of food and festivities when Hari Raya Adilfitri comes around (this year, the celebrations fall on Friday, September 10), and here’s the must-see guide on where to go and what to do to get into the festive spirit!
Marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Hari Raya also hails the start of unforgettable feasting and plenty of activities. To get the best experience, you need to go to traditional areas to see first-hand the street bazaars and soak in the atmosphere you just won’t find anywhere else!
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Malay Village, Geylang Serai
As one of the oldest areas for the Malay community, there are plenty of charming stores and restaurants that you’d be able to find authentic and traditional flavours. The Malay Village in particular, houses a vintage Malay kampong where you can experience weaving tools, musical instruments, arts and crafts and even a local coffee shop set in the 50s and 60s. They have daily stage performances and are open daily from 10am to 10pm.
Geylang Serai Market
Find everything and anything from Malay and Middle Eastern products (all halal, of course) such as spices, medicines, materials, scarves, cosmetics and even fresh foods. During Hari Raya, Geylang Serai itself will be decked out in full decorations and be alight with street bazaars. It’ll be quite a scene so join in with all the festivities!
Arab Street and Little India
In the days leading up to the big Hari Raya festivities, heading down to Arab Street and Little India means you’ll get to see first-hand the wonderful breaking fast experience at the historical Sultan Mosque. You’ll be able to see how the preparations for breaking fast happen and the wide variety of food that people indulge in once the fasting is over. In fact, Arab Street has plenty of Middle Eastern options for you to consider as you participate in the ‘buka puasa’ or breaking fast ritual. Check out various feasting options or shop till you drop in the area.
Learning about history
Even if you’re not quite into all the crowds and celebrations you can still find out a little more about Hari Raya and the history of Singapore by heading down to the Asian Civilisations Museum or the National Museum. You’ll learn all about the influences of the early Malay community and the impact it has till today on Singapore’s identity.