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Geylang Serai Dazzles with close to 50 Light Installations for Hari Raya Light Up 2019
Kampung spirit brought to life with light displays of cultural icons and community events, 5/17/2019 - Geylang Serai will be bathed in a sea of colourful lights from 3 May to 16 June 2019 as Hari Raya Light Up 2019 returns with a visual feast of close to 50 light installations.

Continuing the theme of "Celebrating the kampung spirit", the annual event lines the streets of the Malay enclave with displays inspired by Malay cultural icons and provides many opportunities for community bonding. A reflection of Singapore's multi-racial society, Hari Raya Light Up 2019 is a platform for Singaporeans of all races to come together to celebrate each other's culture and traditions. The well-loved Bazaar Raya Geylang Serai also returned with over 500 stalls offering an abundance of traditional and contemporary items.

Norami Aliza Haron, Chairman of the Hari Raya Light Up 2019 Organising Committee said, "Hari Raya is a major festival in Singapore, and the Light Up brings Malays and non-Malays alike to Geylang Serai every year. Beyond visiting the lights and bustling bazaar, we encourage visitors to also learn more about the Malay culture. Furthermore, with Ramadan being a time for family and friends to gather, we hope to foster a shared sense of affinity and belonging through the different community activities happening through the month."

Ms Serene Tan, Director, Arts and Cultural Precincts, Singapore Tourism Board, said, "The Hari Raya Light Up is an iconic event that showcases the various aspects of Malay culture and tradition, and brings vibrancy to the Geylang Serai precinct. Through the event, we hope locals and overseas visitors will be able to enjoy a rich cultural experience and better appreciate the Malay heritage in Singapore."

Changi Road, Geylang Road and Sims Avenue embellished with iconic Malay symbols

Stretching 1.8km along Changi Road, Geylang Road and Sims Avenue, close to 50 light installations provide a grand entrance to Geylang Serai and bedazzling photo opportunities for visitors.

The first 15.4m high main arch along Sims Avenue bears a mosque featuring golden domes surrounded by full blooms that symbolise a new beginning and renewed bonds of friendship and kinship. For Muslims, mosques are an important part of their religion. During Ramadan, Muslims congregate in these sacred buildings to perform taraweeh, a special prayer that is only recited during the holy month.

Another equally tall main arch along Changi Road reflects the facade of a kampung house - signifying communal life, and family and friends from different racial and religious groups coming together to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa with love and joy - and gendang, a traditional Malay drum. Hanging above is a universally-recognised symbol of Islam, a crescent moon and star.

As visitors move along the streets, they will be greeted by sub-arches where a crescent moon and star feature as the centerpiece, accompanied by full blooms in batik floral prints and geometric patterns.

The main stage area at Wisma Geylang Serai, which is the main location for weekly cultural programmes, is not to be missed too. A kaleidoscope installation shaped like a star to guide visitors in the darkness of the night will also feature along Onan Road.

Celebrating the kampung spirit with communal iftar sessions and ketupathon

To encourage the gotong royong spirit, organisers of Hari Raya Light Up have also planned for multiple iftar (break fast) sessions, bringing residents and other members of the community together for a meal at sunset.

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