Mega displays planned for Hari Raya Light-Up

A media preview of the annual Hari Raya Light-Up in Geylang Serai yesterday. This year's display will feature large installations based on motifs from traditional Malay culture, such as a 12m-wide kelong and 4.4m-tall traditional Kelantanese wau kite
A media preview of the annual Hari Raya Light-Up in Geylang Serai yesterday. This year's display will feature large installations based on motifs from traditional Malay culture, such as a 12m-wide kelong and 4.4m-tall traditional Kelantanese wau kite.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

A 12m-wide kelong and 4.4m-tall traditional Kelantanese wau kite will be some of the eye-catching sights at the annual Hari Raya Light-Up in Geylang Serai this year.

The 2.25km light display, which runs from Saturday to July 7, will feature large installations based on motifs from traditional Malay culture.

Made up of more than 900,000 light bulbs, the display took four months to design and produce, and includes an exhibition area with a structure shaped like a ketupat (rice dumpling) as well as arches decorated with festive greetings.

The light-up, which runs across Sims Avenue and Changi Road, includes a temporary exhibition on Malay traditions during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the history of Hari Raya bazaars.

The organising committee said yesterday there will be a pop-up museum outside the Kampong Ubi Community Club that showcases artefacts such as gongs used by Malay nobles.

Highlights of the festival, themed Deepening Our Kampong Spirit, include a Cultural Heritage Race where locals and new citizens team up to race around Geylang Serai and learn about Malay culture, and a mass break-fast session involving new citizens and locals on June 17.

This is the first time new citizens will be involved in the activity.

The popular Geylang Serai bazaar will return with more than 1,000 stalls selling goods such as traditional Malay attire, decorative items and snacks like "rainbow planet" ice-cream buns. It will run from May 25 to June 24.

More details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Hari RayaLightUpSingapore2017

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2017, with the headline 'Mega displays planned for Hari Raya Light-Up'. Print Edition | Subscribe