Venue: Arab Quarter
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is recognized as a public holiday, falling on the 1st day of Syawal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar – the exact date varies each year. In Singapore, the first 3 days of the holiday are celebrated on a grand scale in the city’s Arab Quarter. The streets of Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam (home to the grand Sultan Mosque) come alive with performances and street bazaars. Both districts attract Singaporeans of all races, and everyone is welcome to take part in the celebrations. The festival rewards the self-restraint during Ramadan, and symbolizes purification and renewal. From the 20th day of Ramadan, until the end of the festival, oil lamps at homes and mosques are kept lit. On Hari Raya Aidilfitri, everyone puts on new clothes, houses are thoroughly cleaned and decorated, and people celebrate in the evening with friends and families, enjoying delicious treats such as cakes, sweets and biscuits.