Singapore hosts Hari Raya Festival
Dubai, August 20, 2009
Singapore is celebrating its annual Hari Raya Festival, a month-long cultural event celebrating the country’s rich Muslim roots.
The festival is part of Singapore’s One City, Three Festivals festivities which run from August 14 to October 25. These festivities honour the country’s cultural diversity as they celebrate different cultural events from Singapore’s three main racial groups - Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Malay), Mid-Autumn Festival (Chinese) and Deepavali (Indian).
In keeping with this year’s theme –Hari Raya @the City – activities are focused on the Kampong Glam area which is conveniently located in the heart of the city.
To help visitors from the Middle East enjoy the Ramadan festivities in Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board has worked with Singapore Airlines to offer special Ramadan packages to Singapore.
“Multi-cultural Singapore has long celebrated the holy month of Ramadan with our Muslim and non-Muslim Singaporeans. We look forward to inviting travellers from the Middle East to share in the Ramadan spirit in Singapore with our Muslim brothers and sisters. Ramadan Kareem from Singapore,” said Jason Ong, area director, Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board.
Packages start from Dh1990 and include early morning breakfasts and a shuttle service to Singapore’s largest mosque - the Sultan Mosque – for evening prayers. Middle East visitors can also participate in the Iftar at the Sultan Mosque, which offers a sampling of porridge and dates. Middle East visitors can also discover traditional exhibitions at the Malay Heritage Centre, including a collection of Batik paintings and fabrics of royalty as well as on-site batik-making demonstrations.
In addition, Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations at Geylang Serai offer guests a colourful street light-up including a batik and kampong roof theme in the precinct where the local Muslim community traditionally congregate during Hari Raya.
Middle East guests can also join in the Iftar at the Khalid Mosque, or be serenaded by traditional Malay music, as well as enjoy traditional Javanese and Malay Dances at the Malay Village every weekend.
Singapore’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebrations at Kampong Glam run until September 27.-TradeArabia News Service
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