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Hari Raya Light Up to focus on “deepening understanding” of festival

Celebrations to tap into the rich history and culture of Gelang Serai, says Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also Advisor to Marine Parade GROs.

SINGAPORE: This year’s Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa celebrations - Hari Raya Light Up 2014 - will focus on “deepening the understanding of the significance of Hari Raya Puasa”, said Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower and Adviser to Marine Parade GROs (Kembangan-Chai Chee Division), at the media briefing on Friday (June 20).

To celebrate the festivities, bright, colourful lights with intricate and historical designs will light up the streets of Geylang Serai - all 1.3km of it ­- from June 27 to July 28.

The celebrations will include four themes such as A Rich History of Geylang Serai and A Vibrant Culture and Community to “make this celebration more systematic, and to provide an experiential journey of the rich tapestry of Malay Culture”.

A new committee made up of representatives from organisations, grassroots and community leaders as well as stakeholders has also been formed to plan for the celebrations.

Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, Adviser to Marine Parade GROs (Geylang Serai Division), said: “Unlike a melting pot, Singapore is closer to a salad bowl with different flavours (cultures) all co-existing in harmony - we do not want to lose the different flavours, instead we want to celebrate them and pass on to our next generation.”

Apart from the usual bazaar held every year, new interactive booths will also be set up to “engage the community”. Last year, close to three to four million people passed the streets of Geylang Serai during the month-long Ramadan period.

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