Hari Raya Aidilfitri is widely celebrated among the Muslims in Singapore to commemorate their one month of fasting prior to the occasion. While celebrations can last up to a month, the most festive time is the period of Ramadhan itself, where Muslims are busy observing their period of abstinence by fasting and performing acts of charity.
During this month, you will be treated to an enchanting street light up on the streets of Geylang Serai, where bazaars open from early afternoon late into the night. Singaporeans from all races and creeds flock to the bazaars especially on weekend nights to shop for practically everything – tailor-made traditional Malay costumes like the baju kurung which now come in modern variations, hand-woven cushion covers, Persian carpets for a bargain and flower arrangements. It is also the place for you to personalize a sign for your room door or keychains as souvenirs for your loved ones back home, all engraved and painted by hand on finely-crafted wood. Kampong glam, an area rich in heritage and culture, is also one of the best spots to visit during this fasting month of Ramadhan.
Kueh-kueh or sweets like pineapple tarts, ondeh-ondeh and putu piring (local traditional desserts) are popular this season. While the average Muslim family prefers to prepare their meal for Hari Raya morning at home, you can still try special Hari Raya delicacies here at the bazaars. Some local delights like sticky glutinous rice with beef rendang (braised beef in spices), sayur lodeh (vegetable cooked in curry) and ketupat (Malay rice cakes) are some of the old world recipes that take you back to the times when Singapore was still a sleepy kampong(village), a far cry from the urban and cosmopolitan incarnation now.
Dates to note:
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebrations - 7 Aug - 10 Sep 2010
Hari Raya Puasa – 10 Sep 2010