Things to do on Hari Raya Haji

Visit the mosque
Muslims of all ages and races will visit the mosque on the morning of Hari Raya Haji for the Aidiladha prayers. It is a great time for families (especially those with younger children) celebrating Hari Raya Haji, to impart the values of Hari Raya Haji and what it means. Most mosques in Singapore conduct their sermons in Malay, but mosques such as Al-Falah situated in Somerset and Malabar Mosque on Jalan Sultan have theirs in Engish and Tamil respectively.

See some goats in the heartlands
The animals to be slaughtered during Hari Raya Haji are usually kept in the compound of mosques and religious institutions. It would be a great time for you to bring your child to see the goats (sometimes right in your own backyard) without having to drive all the way to the farm. This is definitely one of the more interesting things to do on Hari Raya Haji. It would also be a great time to explain the significance of the slaughter to your little one.

Get involved
Hari Raya Haji is a great time to volunteer as a family. Make your availability known to mosque officials involved in the ‘korban’ and you and your family can be involved in distributing the meat to the less fortunate in the society. This is a great family activity as you get to give back to society by bringing a smile to those less fortunate as well as imbibe  good values into your children.

Eat some ketupat
Unlike Hari Raya Puasa, the celebrations on Hari Raya Haji are more subdued but there is usually a feast involved and Muslim families across Singapore will be tucking into the customary ketupat and rendang as well as other delectable dishes such as biryani, satay and roasted chicken.

Cross the causeway
Families can also consider heading to Malaysia during this long weekend. Just a short drive away is the exciting Legoland that promises endless fun for the whole family and is one of the most exciting things to do on Hari Raya Haji. Families can also choose to drive up to Malacca or Kuala Lumpur for a nice weekend getaway. It would also be a good opportunity to see how Hari Raya haji is celebrated in Malaysia as compared to Singapore.

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