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If you’re reading this, you’re probably bummed out about all the new restrictions that are now in place.

After a month of fasting for Ramadan, it’s a huge blow to discover that your Hari Raya Puasa celebrations can’t quite live up to your expectations. Visits and gatherings are not only discouraged but limited to groups of five, while plenty of attractions have now been cancelled or put on hold to wait the new wave of COVID-19 cases out.

Still, the pandemic has interfered with our Hari Raya plans once before. In 2021, we’re better prepared for the disappointment — and to bounce back into that festive mood. It helps that there are actually some things to see and do around the island, from catching the stunning light installations to participating in cultural workshops. Just make sure you’re following social-distancing measures, carrying your TraceTogether token, and all that.

Below, read on to find out how you can spend the holiday and keep the joyous spirit alive in Singapore.

(Photo credit: Malay Heritage Centre)

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Lap Lip 2021

You may have already spotted the colourful Hari Raya lights twinkling around your neighbourhood at night. At the Malay Heritage Centre, though, those lights have been reimagined for the Lap Lip installation. Built in collaboration with Tina Fung of Space Objekt, the illuminated space marries light, colour and sound to transport visitors to the vibrant bazaars of past Ramadans. The installation also looks really pretty in pictures, especially at night, thanks to the patterns created by local artist Reza Hasni.

(Photo credit: Malay Heritage Centre)

Address

Malay Heritage Centre, 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

2

Gallery Alive: Drums & Percussions of the Nusantara

As part of its Hari Raya Open House, the Malay Heritage Centre is hosting a music workshop at its auditorium. It’s led by Nadi Singapura, a homegrown Malayan percussion group, which will guide guests through composing their own song. You’ll get to work with the first-ever sample pack featuring drums and percussion beats from the Malay Archipelago, such as rebana, kompang and jidur, which is pretty exciting if you’re an aspiring musician looking to shake up your sound.

(Photo credit: Malay Heritage Centre)

Address

Malay Heritage Centre, 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Register here

3

Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light Up

Nothing ushers in a holiday in Singapore quite like a spectacular lights display, which is what you’ll find all along Geylang Serai. This year, the precinct is lit up with 40 colourful installations to get you into the festive mood. There are particular standouts: at Sims Avenue, you’ll find a display of a golden mosque, while the Changi Road arch is adorned with a crescent moon, the kompang, and an abundance of flowers and fruits. The lights will turn on everyday from 7.00pm through midnight, but just for the eve of Hari Raya Adilfitri tonight, the hours will be extended until 6.00am tomorrow morning.

(Photo credit: Tobias Krohn / Shutterstock)

Address

Wisma Geylang Serai, 1 Engku Aman Turn, Singapore 408528

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Bazaar Kita

Usually, the lights display at Geylang Serai is accompanied by a bazaar where you can do all your Hari Raya shopping. But since social distancing measures are still in place, the bazaar has gone online for the second time. At the Bazaar Kita website, you’ll find all things Ramadan and Raya, including fashion and beauty offerings from Muslim-owned brands, homemade kuih and snacks to treat yourself to, and delicious meals to share with your family.

(Photo credit: Bazaar Kita)

Shop here

5

A Lighter Side of History: Documenting ‘A Reclusive Ramadan’

Among the many experiences documented in the past year for the National Museum’s Picturing the Pandemic exhibition, the one that would speak to Muslims the most is 2020’s Ramadan and Hari Raya celebrations — or lack thereof. For the exhibition, Singapore photographer Zakaria Zainal has captured all the different ways that Muslim families spent the festive period in the midst of the circuit breaker. Now, he’ll be sharing the stories behind these photos, inviting guests to reflect on one of the most challenging Ramadans we’ve been through.

(Photo credit: Zakaria Zainal, courtesy of National Museum of Singapore)

Address

National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

Register here