Hari Raya Haji is a festival is about compassion, sharing wealth and remembering blessings. During this day, Muslims observe the ritual of 'korban' (sacrifice), where live sheep, lambs, goats, and cows are slaughtered by a quick slit to the jugular as prayers are recited and 1/3 of the meat is usually distributed to the poor and the needy.
This year, Hari Raya Haji falls on a Friday and given it's a public holiday, we Singaporeans have a long weekend ahead of us. If you are not commemorating the Muslim holiday, best to make full use of the free day and line up your three-day weekend with these fun and relaxing plans.
Taking a staycation has become an increasingly popular substitute for a "getaway". Not many of us can afford to leave the country or are simply not willing to spend on a vacation that will only last a few days. With so many tempting staycation spots to pick from, you can book yourself a relaxing holiday without having to leave the country.
For a rustic staycation experience, consider staying at Farmstay - Nestled in the heart of the Kranji Countryside, the villas take you away from the city where you will wake up to peace and tranquility and be a part of the landscape, the scenery, and the farm life.
A little too last minute for you? Why not stay home to plan your next getaway? There're lots of airfare deals available so check through them all and plan your perfect vacation this Hari Raya Haji!
Head across the causeway and make your way to Legoland Malaysia Resort.
Awesome fun awaits you with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions for families and children of all ages! The LEGOLAND adventure continues at the LEGOLAND Water Park for more splash-tacular action, and at LEGOLAND Hotel for awesome end-of-day activities plus spectacular stays in LEGO themed rooms. Spending your short holiday in Malaysia also gives you the opportunity to experience how Hari Raya Haji is celebrated in another country. We would, however, recommend to drive over on Thursday rather than Friday to avoid the long jams?
If Legoland doesn't seem all that fun to you or you are not too keen on leaving Singapore, you can still have mega fun at an amusement park by just heading down to Sentosa. Universal Studios Singapore has been named the best amusement park in Asia for the fourth year in a row! Immerse yourself in the 7 zones and experience cutting-edge rides, shows, and attractions based on your favourite blockbuster films and television series, including Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™, TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure™ and more. We would recommend getting an express ticket to skip the long regular queues and enjoy shorter waiting time, especially since it's a public holiday.
Instead of spending your day at an amusement park which can be pretty tiring albeit fun, visit enticing museums. You still get to enjoy a fun-filled day but a less tiring one as you wander through the exhibits and snap cool pictures. Some museums worth visiting include the Trick Eye Museum, the internationally renowned optical art museum from Korea introduces Augmented Reality features to its exhibits, bringing the art installations and paintings to life, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,
Is your kid as obsessed with these adorable pups as Agent G's little one? Well, they are coming to our theatres in RWS on 1 September to 3 September! The tickets however seem to be selling out soon when we last checked them here: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/paw0917
Savour the rich goodness of durians all evening long and get your fill of the thorny fruit at Thorny Temptations available at Lime Restuarant. Thorny Temptations serves up all-you-can-eat "Mao Shan Wang" and other durian variants. Your tastes buds will be treated to deliciously creative dishes such as Foie Gras Torchon with Torched Meringue, Durian Ravioli with Sage and Garlic Butter, Butter Durian Prawn with Curry Leaves and Chilli Padi and Wok-Fried Prawn and Petai with Sambal Durian. Other must-haves include sweet durian pastries such as Pandan Crepes with Durian Mousse, Deep-Fried Durian Ice Cream, Mini Durian Crumble and the evergreen Durian Cream Puff. As Thorny Temptations is available only between 7 July and 2 September 2017, you might want to make your bookings early to avoid disappointment as Hari Raya Haji falls on 1 September.
With the three-day long weekend, why not set aside one day to pamper yourself from head to toe.
Exclusively for Beauty Undercover readers, we have special offers that are too good to resist and will save you a few bucks so you don't have to feel guilty spending all that money and time on yourself. We suggest starting off with a refreshing scalp and hair treatment, followed by a pampering manicure and pedicure session. A day dedicated to pampering yourself will not only melt the stress away but leave you revitalized for the upcoming work week!
FYI, most hair salons appear to be open on 1 September... but its best to make an appointment to avoid disappointment! Do check our list of hair and beauty promotions before you go down and make sure you get the best value out of the service.
If you're not keen to get out of your house, we'd highly recommend a Full Body Massage at the comfort of your home with their newly launched home massage service by Le Petit Spa (voted Best Spa for Massage and Facials by Expat Living)!
Massage by Le Petit Spa
Although the celebrations on Hari Raya Haji are more subdued, this is also a great time to connect with your Muslim friends over biryani, satay, ketupat and other delicious food!
You don't have to wait till your kids are in primary school to visit Kampong Glam. It's a pretty happening place that tells us all about the history and culture of the Malay community in Singapore!
Source: Wikipedia Commons
Don't forget to stop by Masjid Sultan or Sultan Mosque if you do. It's a mosque with lots of history and definitely one of the most iconic Muslim bulidings in Singapore. There are also night markets around the area on Hari Raya Haji and you can even stop by the neighbouring hipster Haji Lane and Arab Street for a walk down the fashionista's memory lane!
If you want to get your hair done though, we'd highly recommend you to make an appointment at our FAVOURITE hair salon in the area - Picasso Hair Studio!
If you're a laggard like Agent G when it comes to Singapore's Presidential Election, today is possibly a day you can catch up on all the latest news and gossip on our three candidates: Second Chance CEO Mr Salleh Marican, Mdm Halimah Yacob and Mr Farid Khan. The election is after all coming up in 3 weeks (23 September 2017) and its always good to find out more about who we're voting for... if the election really materializes!
Regardless what you do, we hope that you'll have a restful holiday this Hari Raya Haji!