Eid Festivities

Eid Celebrations

Singapore is a multi-cultural and multi-racial society, and one of the major holidays in Singapore is that of Hari Raya Idul-Fitri (or Eid Al-Fitr), which falls on the 15th of June 2018. For our conference and workshop participants who are observing the fast during Ramadan, and the celebration of Eid, the conference organisers would like to offer the following to ease your participation at the WSC2018 and ISBW13:

  1. A meal (Iftar) to break your fast in the evening, and a packed meal for your morning sustenance (Sahur). Please email isbw13@gmail.com by 31st May, if you are intending to observe the fast and would like to have morning and evening packed meals before Eid Al-Fitr.
  2. A section of the secretariat room will be reserved for those who wish to perform their afternoon prayers during the day.
  3. For ISBW13 participants, a “Hari Raya” themed lunch will be served on the 15th, where all participants can savour the local delicacies and desserts served in Singapore during this festive period.

There are two mosques located close to University Town, where you can attend evening (Tarawih) prayers:

Masjid Tentera Diraja (81 Clementi Road, Singapore 129797)

Masjid Darussalam (3002 Commonwealth Ave West, Singapore 129579)

Both locations are within 10-15 minutes walk from University Town, or a single public bus stop away.

Getting to Masjid Tentera Diraja: Exit UTown to the bus stop After Dover Road (ID:  17099; along Clementi Road) and board bus 33, 96 or 183. Alight at the next stop and cross the road to the mosque. Alternatively, exit UTown to Clementi Road and walk in the direction of traffic for about 15 minutes to the mosque.

Getting to Masjid Darussalam: Exit UTown and cross to the other side of Clementi Road to the bus stop After Clementi Ave 1 (ID: 17091). Board bus 96 or 183 and alight at the next stop. Cross the road to the mosque. Alternatively, cross to the other side of Clementi Road and walk in the direction of traffic, turning left into Commonwealth Ave West (the road where the mosque is located) at the next major road junction.

Public Festivities and Celebrations

During the month leading up to the Eid festivities, visitors and conference participants can join in the celebrations and soak in the atmosphere, culture, and food that’s unique to Eid celebrations in this region. There are bazaars and night markets every night leading up to the 15th, and here are some spots where you can join in the fun:

Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light-Up & Bazaar

The streets around Geylang Serai will be lit in colourful twinkling lights and decorations to celebrate the month of Ramadan and also Eid.

The light up at Geylang Serai. Photo © Cedric Yong via Pixabay

The streets will also be lined with bazaar stalls selling clothes, accessories, home décor, trinkets, and most importantly, food. The bazaar is on nightly during the month of Ramadan (until the night of the 14th of June), and starts in the evening and goes on until late (especially closer to Eid). This is probably the closest you’ll get to finding “street food” in Singapore and is truly something to experience!

Experience street food in Singapore at the Bazaar! Photo © Sammy Tan via Flickr

Sultan Bazaar & Kampong Glam District

The Kampong Glam is a historic district in Singapore, and the site of Singapore’s oldest mosque, the Sultan Mosque, which was first built in 1824, and the current building was rebuilt in 1932. During Ramadan, the area is lively with its own smaller bazaar serving up delicious food.

The Sultan Ramadan Bazaar at Kampong Glam Photo © Choo Yut Shing via Flickr

The Kampong Glam area is also close to the art district and the area is home to an eclectic mix of interesting street art, shops, restaurants, and cafes. The area is also home to the palace of the former Sultan, but is currently a Malay Heritage Center with regular exhibitions.

The Istana Kampong Glam, once the Palace of the Sultan Hussein Shah of Singapore, is now the site of the Malay Heritage Center. Photo © William Cho via Flickr.