Singapore fests sop for ME tourists

DUBAI — Singapore will celebrate three major ethnic festivals from September to November — Hari Raya, Mid-Autumn and Deepavali. These events will allow visitors from the Middle East to look forward to a traditional cultural offering that is uniquely Singapore.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 8 Sep 2007, 8:55 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:07 AM

The celebrations will serve as a showcase of Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage and a unique opportunity for Arab families to discover the Lion City and experience its distinctive and diverse blend of cultures.

Singapore’s fall festival line-up has consistently appealed to travellers from the Middle East region, many of whom head during Ramadan and Eid to take part in a range of Muslim-friendly activities on offer throughout the season.

The Hari Raya Festival, one of the most significant celebrations for Muslims in Singapore which has traditionally attracted a significant number of visitors from the region, kicks off today with its famous light-up ceremony and will continue till October 21.

The event is extremely popular in the Southeast Asian country, where over 15 per cent of the population is Muslim. During this time, Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai will be adorned with multi-hued street lights, festive bazaars and foodstalls offering traditional Malay food, handicrafts, clothes and accessories.

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