15 Things To Do During Hari Raya Puasa 2019 in S’pore

Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa falls on 5 June 2019 this year, after the blessed month of Ramadan. A celebratory day of homecoming, it is also a day of rest to check out those fun activities you may have been looking forward to.

What activities?

Check out this listicle of 15 things to do during Hari Raya to find out!

1) Geylang Serai Bazaar

The number #1 thing to do is to visit the annual Geylang Serai Bazaar if you have not. Much anticipated and much talked about, the pop-up stores sell a wide variety of food and homeware. This year’s Bazaar has 100% Halal food, so if you’re there to break fast with your Muslim friends, it is just the perfect venue to hunt for mouthwatering treats.

There are traditional favourites like rendang (beef stew), nasi lemak, and kebabs, but most people go for unique ‘hipster’ foods. Like for instance, a prata and waffles combination or ‘praffles’ from Fooditude. Perhaps lobster rolls from BURP Live station catering sounds more enticing? For those with a sweet tooth, The Cha Yen sells Dutch baby pancakes with fancy flavours like Ondeh Ondeh and Banana Split. Are you drooling already?

Geylang Serai Bazaar
Date: 3rd May – 5th June 2019
Venue: Geylang Serai Market
Time: All day
Price: Free

4) Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Marina Mandarin Singapore

things to do hari raya 2019 ramadan iftar buffet
Image Source: AquaMarine Marina Mandarin

Before Hari Raya itself is Ramadan. AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Hotel offers a Halal-certified Ramadan buffet dinner, with delicious treats such as Deep-Fried crispy Prawn Vadai and Sous Vide Egg on Mutton Kacang Pool. Dining on the weekends? Look forward to the oven-roasted Balinese Black Angus Prime Rib, or other barbecue favourites such as Grilled Lamb spare ribs.

Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Marina Mandarin Singapore
Date: 6 May – 4 June 2019
Venue: Marina Mandarin Singapore
Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Price: Monday – Thursday: $73++ per adult, $36++ per child (6–12 yrs), Friday – Sunday: $83++ per adult, $41++ per child (6–12 yrs)

Here are the best places in Singapore to iftar at!

5) Istana Open House

things to do hari raya 2019 istana open house
Image Source: Elisa Rolle

On Hari Raya Puasa itself, The Istana opens its grounds to visitors. Come and tour selected function rooms in the main building, or participate in the nature guided walks to learn about the flora and fauna of the Istana grounds. There will be performances held as well.

Istana Open House
Date: 5 June 2019
Venue: The Istana
Time: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Price: Free for Singaporeans and PRs, $2 entry per person otherwise

6) Visit Kampong Glam

A great place to visit during the Hari Raya period is Kampong Glam. This district comes alive during Ramadan, as the days lead up to Hari Raya Puasa. If you visit during Ramadan, stroll past the landmark Sultan Mosque and you’ll see people gathering to break fast during the evenings. Along this culturally vibrant district, all kinds of local delicacies and Malay kuehs are sold here. Join iftars (the breaking of fast) or walk down Haji Lane to view many quirky local boutiques or shops selling traditional wares such as kebayas and Persian carpets.

7) Visit the ArtScience Museum

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Image Source: Luca Girardini

Floating Utopias is an exhibition that showcases large-scale, air-filled sculptures. Created by more than 15 local and international artists, this exhibition explores how mankind has used inflatable objects in art architecture and social activism in history. A dreamy spectacle of floating objects, you and your family will be left enthralled by this exhibition, the very first in Southeast Asia.

Floating Utopias at ArtScience Museum
Date: 25 May – 29 September 2019
Venue: ArtScience Museum
Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Price: Check here for details

8) Tuck into a durian feast

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Image Source: Mothership

Durian season is upon us. Gather your family and friends, and indulge in this durian fiesta. With six new exquisite durian desserts and durian pastries galore, it is the perfect excuse together your loved ones together to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Durian Fiesta 2019
Date: 15 March – 14 July 2019
Venue: Goodwood Park Hotel
Time: Check here for details
Price: Check here for details

9) Check out these Peranakan-inspired artistic prints

hari raya 2019 things to do peranakan artistic prints
Image Source: Linda Preece

Feast your eyes on this vibrant exhibition of well-known, iconic attractions of Singapore taken by renowned photographer and artist Linda Preece. A collection that showcases the East meet West duality of  Singapore, its colourful sights and sounds, this bright display will leave a lasting impression on you.

Pop Art & Bubbles Art Exhibition at Royal Plaza On Scotts
Date: 19 March – 12 June 2019
Venue: Royal Plaza On Scotts
Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Price: Free

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10) Iftar at the brilliant new Jewel Changi Airport

things to do hari raya 2019 jewel changi airport
Image Source: Jewel Changi Airport

Prepare to enter food heaven as Jewel Changi Airport presents a staggering list of 112 dining spots to choose from! Seriously, there are endless choices. Novel flavours, nostalgic flavours, alfresco dining, wholesome eateries—you name it, they probably have it. To top it off, some places even have menu items exclusive to Jewel Changi Airport!

Check out more reasons to go to Jewel Changi Airport.

11) Learn about printmaking during the holidays  

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Image Source: The Private Museum

The art of printmaking is on display in Repeat, Repeat, Repeat; Revising the Phenomenon of Printing Exhibition which traces the history behind letter printing and explores the techniques and elements of the art. Learn about the applications of printmaking in different areas, from urban culture, science, spirituality, to robotics and art.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat; Revising the Phenomenon of Printing Exhibition
Date: 17 May – 7 July 2019
Time: 10:00pm – 7:00pm (weekday), 11:00am – 5:00pm (weekend)
Venue: The Private Museum
Price: Free

12) Explore the outdoors in Pulau Ubin

Pesta Ubin is the Open House of Singapore’s last rustic island, Pulau Ubin. Pronounced “paysta”, pesta is the Malay word for festival or party, and indeed it will be a party. This year’s theme is “Support Ubin Businesses”. Local food fare, vans and buses, the local services in Ubin are celebrated in this event. There are free activities held throughout the month but on June 5th itself, there are free mystery boxes that allow you to touch and feel taxidermised sea animals. Learn about all these amazing animals and the danger that they are in due to human actions.

Pesta Ubin 2019
 18 May to 30 June 2019
Time: 8:00am – 1:30pm
Venue: Pulau Ubin
Price: Free

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13) Stack some boxes at Esplanade to create a masterpiece

hari raya 2019 things to do esplanade
Image Source: Esplanade

“Stack Me Up!” is a fun visual installation that invites visitors to come and stack up shapes in order to build new characters. With different cultural characters from Singapore, children will have fun identifying with familiar characters and making up new ones.

Stack Me Up! at Esplanade
Date: 1 Apr – 30 Jun 2019
Time: 11:00am – 6:00 pm (Closed for cleaning: 2 pm – 3 pm daily), Monday – Sunday
Venue: Pip’s PLAYbox at The Esplanade
Price: Free

14) Go next door to Makansutra Gluttons Bay

things to do hari raya 2019
Image Source: Esplanade

If you’re at The Esplanade, hop over to Makansutra Glutton Bay, located just right beside the Esplanade. A special street food experience that features exclusive menu items such as 4 Cheese Murtabak, Laksa Seafood Stew, Soft Shell Crab Mui Fan, Ren Dang, and many more! A great choice if you want to beat the crowds at Geylang Serai and still get in some yummy nosh.

Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Date: 24 May – 30 June 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 2:00am (Monday – Thursday), 5:00pm – 3:00am (Friday – Saturday), 4:00pm – 1:00am (Sunday)
Venue: Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Price: Admission is free, food prices start from $3.00

15) Stop to smell the flowers at Scentsational

hari raya things to do gardens by the bay
Image Source: Gardens By The Bay

Stop to smell the roses, or in this case, orchids at Scentsational in the Cloud Forest dome. Orchids have developed a variety of fragrances in order to attract pollinators. When you’re in there, you’ll get to smell, see, and just revel in the beauty of different varieties of orchids. Join one of the free guided tours to learn more about the plants in the Cloud Forest.

Scentsational at Gardens by the Bay
 19 April  – 22 September 2019
Time:  9.00 am –  9.00 pm
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Price: $15 for children (3-12 years old), $28 for adults

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With this list of 15, you’ll have places to eat, shop, and even check out some art along the way. Whether you are looking forward to Hari Raya to celebrate the end of fasting month or just a well-earned break, you’ll have much to see, eat, and do this holiday.

This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.

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