Hari Raya is a yearly occasion that many Muslims look forward to, the celebration of completing a month-long of fasting marks a splendid victory of overcoming personal challenges for every individual. It is also a period where families bond together and seek forgiveness towards one another and to everybody in their lives. Don’t let the pandemic spoil the fun of Hari Raya, read on to find out 5 exciting things you and your family can enjoy this year!
1. Have a good time at the Annual Ramadan Bazaars
What is a recent piece of exciting news you’ve heard? I’ll go first. That is… the long-awaited Ramadan bazaars are FINALLY back! After two years of not having physical bazaars, you can finally look forward to not just one, but TWO of them – one located in Kampong Glam and the other in Geylang Serai. The iconic Ramadan night market will run for a month, from April 2 to May 2, from 1 pm to 11 pm daily. This year, more emphasis is placed on an authentic experience, as the bazaar is said to feature more Hari Raya and Ramadan traditional food as well as stalls selling clothes and accessories. As you shop, don’t forget to look out for the beautiful light-up installed along the streets. What are you waiting for? Grab your bazaar kakis and enjoy yourselves!
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2. Grab Your Favourite Raya Snacks
Image: Deli Maslina
Is snacking your favourite part of Hari Raya? This year, you don’t have to feel pressured to bake cookies from scratch. Skip all that baking and leave it to the experts to bake delectable Hari Raya snacks for you and your loved ones! At Deli Maslina, you can get affordable and delectable Kuihs such as Kuih Tart, Lapis Rempah and Putri Salat. Don’t let COVID-19 get in the way, make this Raya celebration no different from the rest!
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❥ Nearest BlueSG station: 145A Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 411145 (3 mins walk)
❥ #BlueTip: The Kuih Jongkong, which combines pandan-infused coconut milk with rice four, is a rare delicacy you must try!
3. Get Inked by a Talented Henna Artist
Image: The Henna Story
Other than clothes, hair and make-up, decorating your hands with Henna is a tradition not to be forgotten. Even without the usual henna stalls at the Bazaar, you can actually get your Henna done at the comfort of someone’s home! At The Henna Story, a home-based Henna business started by the young and talented Noralifah Ilyana aka Nora. Despite her busy schedule, she never fails to push herself to greater limits due to her great passion for the job. Nora also enjoys meeting new people, so don’t be shy to strike up a conversation! Choose from three types of henna: natural henna, white henna and hengua henna. Simply book a private appointment now to watch your hands (or feet) turn into works of art!
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❥ Nearest BlueSG station: 141A Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310141 (5 mins walk)
❥ #BlueTip: Check out The Henna Story’s TikTok account for behind the scenes videos and unique henna designs done by Nora!
4. Get Matchy Outfits With Your Family
Image: Adrianna Yariga
This Hari Raya, why not take twinning one step further and dress the whole family in matching outfits? Whether your family loves simple or sophisticated designs, Adrianna Yariga has matching outfits for all families. Their AYLEBARAN2022 collection features fashionable and sophisticated clothes with modern and exquisite designs, making them stand out. The way they're manufactured demonstrates painstaking attention to detail, so if you have got an eye for unique patterns, you won’t want to miss out on this!
❥ Address: 8 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199075
❥ Nearest BlueSG station: 1 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198474 (5 mins walk)
❥ #BlueTip: Before heading down, you may wish to book a store appointment for a smoother experience!
5. Shop for Your Hari Raya #OOTDs
Image: Alia Fashion
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe… Can't decide what to wear this Hari Raya? This is for you, ladies. Shop for your outfits with Alia Fashion! They offer a variety of traditional Malay outfits, ranging from baju kurung and kebayas to unique skirts and dresses. Step outside of your comfort zone and try a new Hijab style this year!
❥ Address: 390 Victoria St #01-14/15, Golden Landmark, Singapore 188061
❥ Nearest BlueSG station: 1 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198474 (6 mins walk)
❥ #BlueTip: Gain inspiration by checking out #OOTD shots from Alia Fashion’s Instagram story highlights!
A Time of Bonding With Friends and Family
Hari Raya is more than just having lots of food, dressing up and celebrating the end of fasting. As cliche as it sounds, it is a festive season that allows bonding between families and friends, amongst all our busy schedules.
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