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Hari Raya Celebrations
Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the biggest event in the Muslim calendar, is celebrated with splashes of colour. Also known as Hari Raya Puasa, it marks the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan and falls on 25 June this year.
To soak in the festive Hari Raya atmosphere, and learn about Malay culture and heritage, visit Geylang Serai which is a focal point for the Hari Raya celebrations.
From 20 May till 7 July, the streets of Geylang Serai will be decked with colourful lights and festive décor. There will also be a bazaar where you can sample traditional goods and pick up cute trinkets. Other activities include weekly stage performances, movie screenings and a cultural heritage race.
• Street Light-Up
20 May – 7 July
7pm to midnight from Sunday to Thursday
7pm to 2am on Friday & Saturday
7pm to 6am on 24 June (eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri)
Sims Avenue to Changi Road
The 2.25km stretch of Geylang Serai, from Sims Avenue to Changi Road, will be adorned with sparkling lights and festive décor. Themed “Deepening The Kampung Spirit”, the light-up is inspired by the intricate motifs on the songket (a hand-woven fabric in silk or cotton with gold or silver threads) as well as the kampung spirit (a sense of togetherness).
• Geylang Serai Bazaar
25 May – 24 June
From 11am onwards
In front of Geylang Serai market, Joo Chiat Complex and along Haig Road
Sample festive goodies such as kuih tart (pineapple tarts) and kuih bangkit (tapioca cookies), and shop for decorative items or clothes at this bustling bazaar. With 1,000 stalls selling a wide variety of goods, you can shop till your heart’s content!
Photo: Singapore Tourism Board
• Weekly Stage Performances & Movie Screenings
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday (except 26 May & 24 June)
Stage @ Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub or open space adjacent to Lorong Engku Aman and Sims Avenue
What’s a celebration without song and dance? Catch weekly performances such as kompang (traditional hand drum), Malay dance and karaoke. Popular classic Malay movies such as P. Ramlee movies and Malay classics will also be screened on Saturdays.
Close-up shot of a female performer during Hari Raya celebrations
Photo: Singapore Tourism Board
• Cultural Heritage Race 2017 & Cultural Heritage Nite
4pm – 8.30pm
Open space adjacent to Lorong Engku Aman and Sims Avenue
Participate in a cultural heritage race around Geylang Serai for a chance to explore the various aspects of the Malay heritage and tradition. In teams of three (made up of at least one new Singapore citizen or permanent resident, and at least one local-born Singaporean), participants will have to complete the given assignments and challenges which will only be revealed on the race day.
The first prize is $2,000, second prize $1,000 and third prize is $500. There are also seven consolation prizes, each worth $150, up for grabs.
To sign up for the race, email Deanise Kwong at Deanise_Kwong@pa.gov.sg or call the Geylang Serai Community Club at 6747 2919.
Street Light-Up images courtesy of Hari Raya Light Up 2017