Monday, 15 July 2013

Hari Raya Festivities

Hari Raya Bazaar 2013

"Selamat Hari Raya"

This was our first time of experiencing Hari Raya in Singapore. Just up the road from us at Geylang Serai near Paya Lebar MRT there is a huge Hari Raya Bazaar from 5 july - 8 Aug. The Bazaar runs from 12pm - 12am ending on Hari Raya Puasa at the end of Ramadam.

Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a public holiday and in Singapore this year it falls on 8 Aug (day before Singapores National Day). It is the celebration at the end of Ramadan (also known as Eid)  In Malay Hari Raya means "grand day of feasting" and follows the month long fasting during Ramadan where from dawn to sunset no food or liquids are consumed by Muslims. It symbolizes purification and renewal.

It is a time to clean and redecorate the home, also asking for forgiveness from the previous year. The men wear Baya Melayu (loose shirt) and trousers with a Kain Samping (short sorong) over the top. Woman wear Baju Kurung (long top) stunningly embroidered. The Bazaar is fully of the vibrant colours of both the mens and womens clothing stalls.

The Hari Raya Bazaar is full of clothing, home decorations, furnishing, and food, food and more food.

We popped up yesterday not long after it opened in the early afternoon and even then you could barely move, I can only imagine what it would be like after dark when the fast is broken and there are prayers, performances and shopping! The whole experience even at this time of day was an onslaught of vivid colours, lights and decorations everywhere you turned. The food as always in Singapore and especially due to the fasting was of major prominence.

Selamat Hari Raya!  (Merry Hari Raya!)


  1. I might have just have to purchase one of those 'Baya Melayu' to accompany my Djellaba from Morocco

  2. Thought of you as we went around!!