Hari Raya Aidilfitri, or Eid as it is known in many other countries, is a festive observance lasting for one month, marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a period of sober repentance for Muslims, with approximately 30 days of dawn-to-dusk fasting. Adherents of the faith also devote much of the month to worship, charitable deeds and acts of compassion. On Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which this year falls on June 15, Muslims in Singapore end their time of fasting with a joyous celebration of forgiveness, fellowship and food.
Geylang Serai Bazaar is at the heart of the celebrations, setting up and welcoming visitors a month before Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Running from 12 May to 14 June 2018, the stalls offer a vast array of Malay and Middle Eastern products; from cakes to clothes and sweets to savory delicacies. An exciting and festive shopping mood fills the air every day and night for this entire month leading up to the eve of the Hari
Raya Aidilfitri day, drawing in crowds of locals as well as tourists eager to soak in the atmosphere in Singapore’s largest pasar malam (‘night market’ in Malay). The Hari Raya Light-up which adds to the festive spirit runs from 12 May to 30 June 2018, featuring over 50 colorful street-light installations running 2.25 km along the roads leading in to the bazaar zone.