As Ramadan comes to a close, see our guide on how to welcome the festivities now that Singapore has relaxed its Covid-19 rules

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.

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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.

2. Enjoy the various Hari Raya bazaars and pop-up markets

Singapore’s beloved Ramadan bazaars have finally returned after two years of being cancelled or taken online due to the pandemic, and many have been running steadily since April. 

While most of them will be winding down in the first week of May, you can still head down over the long weekend to soak in the festivities and enjoy the food at some of our favourite open markets. 

You can also shop for clothes, snacks, paintings and more at these bazaars if you need some last-minute items for the holiday. 

For a list of some of Tatler’s favourite Ramadan Bazaars, click here.

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3. Enjoy the festive light-up

Every year, in the lead up to Hari Raya Puasa, Geylang Serai comes alive with festive lights that line the streets alongside the Geylang Seri Ramadan bazaar

This year, the lights will go on until May 8 so if you have yet to catch it, now is the perfect time to take a walk or drive through the streets to catch a glimpse of them.

4. Enjoy the festivities with a halal meal

As of April 26, group size limits are lifted as well as the cap on household visitors, which means that you can now welcome friends and family back to your homes for the occasion. 

If you are hosting a party in honour of the celebration, you may not be inclined to cook so why not support our local businesses by ordering a traditional meal for yourself and your loved ones? From French dishes to a luxurious Australian grain-fed Tomahawk steak, there is something for everyone. 

Check out Tatler’s list of the best restaurants in Singapore with halal food deliveries here


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