A month of fasting for Ramadan is coming to a close on May 3, and the Muslim community will soon celebrate the end of the season with Hari Raya Puasa.
The holiday is a time to acknowledge the month gone by and gain forgiveness from loved ones while enjoying food and celebrations, so it is little wonder why many look forward to it.
This year, with Covid-19 restrictions being relaxed for the first time in two years, Muslims in Singapore will be able to freely enjoy the festivities, food, gatherings and more. Regardless of whether you are a Muslim or not, there are plenty of ways to take part in the celebrations. We list them below.
1. Attend prayers at mosques around Singapore
With Covid-19 restrictions relaxed, there are fewer restrictions placed on places of worship, including mosques. However, many mosques are expecting larger crowds during Hari Raya, so you will need to plan ahead and do your research before going to one.
According to The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis), the booking window for Hari Raya prayer slots will open on April 28 at 10 am. You can book for prayers on April 29, Hari Raya and Isyak. For prayers on May 3, there will be a total of 153,250 spaces across 66 mosques.
Each mosque will be offering at least two sessions of Hari Raya prayers, with the first happening between 7.30 am and 8.15 am and the second from 8.45 am to 9.30 am.
There are 15 mosques in Singapore that will likely hold a third session between 10 am and 10.45 am that will also accept walk-ins. The list of mosques holding three sessions can be found here.