The day, often referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice, falls 70 days after the holy month of Ramadan, and this year it falls on July 10th 2021 or the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah. Its celebration normally lasts for up to a couple of days. Historically, Hari Raya Haji is a Muslim celebration of the day the Prophet Ibrahim almost sacrificed his son, Ismail, as an offering to God. At the last minute, God intervened and told him to provide a sheep for sacrifice instead of his son. Following that, God then asked the father and son to construct a praying monument in Mecca, in which all Muslims around the world orient to these days.
In practice, Hari Raya Haji is always synonymous with the korban or sacrifice. Livestock such as sheep, goats, and cows will be sacrificed by those who are financially able, as a moment to remember what God instructed to Ismail. The meat from the sacrificed livestock are then distributed to the less fortunate. It is meant to remind the devotees that there are people who still need help and that they should share with each other.
Hari Raya Haji in Singapore this year, however, will be a little bit different, as Covid-19 changes the landscape of it. The country imports zero livestock, so the sacrifice will mostly be conducted away from the country. Around 42 mosques have organized a sacrifice away in Australia, in which the meat will then be frozen and sent to Singapore to be distributed to those who are in need.
As Hari Raya Haji, also known as the Greater Eid or Eid al-Bakr, is about sharing the food with the less fortunate, the day is always cherished with delicious cooking – on top of the hospitality of the devotees. Speaking of cooking, Singapore also hosts one of the biggest food festivals in the country, right when the public holiday takes place. The Singapore Food Festival first started in 1994, is a week-long event which is organized by the Singapore Tourism Board. It aims to portray Singapore as the center of culinary diversity. Numerous multicultural dishes can be found in the event that takes place all over Singapore. The Singapore Food Festival offers you a taste of Singapore’s top culinary options. What makes it better is the fact that the entry is free, except for the food you purchase. If this does not speak of culinary adventure enough for you, try visiting the’50 Cents Fest!’ at Chinatown Food Street and ‘One Farrer’s Food Street’. You will be sent back in time to face the classic local delights. Not only that, a string of top international chefs will graze the kitchen and show you what they have in store.
Now here is the crème de la crème to Singapore’s culinary stock. Do not call yourself foodies before you have got the chance to drop by Hjh Maimunah. Don’t be fooled by the simple and local name. It is a Michelin Bib gourmand-listed eatery, specializing in nasi padang. Originally from Indonesia, the foodhas been known across the globe. Basically, it is steamed rice served with meat and veggies. What makes it special is the fact that it is so rich in flavors that one of its dish options, rendang, was even listed on the top 10 of the world’s most delicious foods.
But Singapore is so much more than just one restaurant and a few festivals. So what else does the country have to offer during Hari Raya Haji public holiday?
Singapore offers not just a good culinary experience, but also a rich historical value. Located at the center of the country, Kampong Glam is one of the oldest neighborhoods and it is so rich with Malay culture. You will find numerous spots to immortalize in photographs such as Haji Lane and Bussorah Street. You can also find exciting historical venues such as Istana Kampong Gelam and Hajjah Fatimah Mosque.
Sightseeing is fun but what is more fun? Having Traveloka assists you with the experience.
Traveloka now offers a fun guided tour in which you and your family can enjoy the sightseeing experience without having to worry about asking around. You can learn more about the culture while exploring the neighborhood in the company of a trusted local guide.
Again, if this is not your type of thing, worry not because Traveloka provides you with an array of services that will fit your need of finding the right holiday destination. From hotel accommodation to transportation service. From tours to flights.
Alas, in the spirit of Hari Raya Haji, Traveloka is here to share a good time with you.