Festival of Sacrifice
Exactly 70 days after the holy month of Ramadan, Singapore's Muslim community celebrates Hari Raya Haji. Families gather and celebrate over a 3-day event.
Hari Raya Haji, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice" or the "Pilgrimage Festival" marks the end of Hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates Prophet Abraham, considered as the father of Islam. The story tells that God asked him to sacrifice his son but placed a sheep under his hand when he was about to use the knife. Abraham trusted God blindly with his son’s life and was reassured in his belief. Since that day, Muslims all around the world follow the path of Abraham and sacrifice a sheep.
In Singapore, where all races and religions are well respected and in harmony, Hari Raja Haji is a public holiday. Male Muslims meet at the mosques for prayers after which they sacrifice livestock to Allah. Out of respect for Indian residents, the sacrificed animals are always sheep or goats but never cows. The meat is then shared within the family, distributed among relatives and the poor.
In the evenings, many people, both locals and travelers, visit the area around Kampong Glam, Arab Street and Haji Lane where cafes invite to enjoy a chat with friends while tasting Mint Tea and smoking Shisha.
With an open-minded community in Singapore, anyone is always welcome to join the festival. Its custom for Muslims to wear new clothes on these days and children get money from their parents and adult family members.
Visit the areas around Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam with it's beautiful Sultan Mosque and enjoy the busy bazaars with many fancy decorated stalls offering colorful clothes, decorations and – of course – popular dishes. It is a great occasion to learn about the ethics and practices of Islam and a reminder to share with the less fortunate.
More than 3,500 sheep arrive in Singapore for Hari Raya Haji
More than 3,500 sheep arrived in S'pore ahead of the Korban ritual to mark Hari Raya Haji on Monday, said the Singapore Mosques Korban Committee (JKMS) on Sun (Sep 11).
A total of 1,867 sheep from Australia arrived on Friday and have been transported to 13 korban centres that had earlier been approved by the Australian authorities.
Out of the 1,704 sheep imported from Ireland on Saturday, 121 were found dead on arrival. JKMS said post mortem findings indicated that heat stress was the cause of death.
121 sheep from Ireland meant for korban die mid-flight
Sheep in large crates waitIng to be transported by Mini Environment Singapore, an approved korban vendor appointed by Muis, for Hari Raya Haji in 2015.FOTO: MINI ENVIRONMENT SERVICES
More than 100 of the 1,700 sheep flown in from Ireland for Monday's Hari Raya Haji celebration were found dead after arriving at the Changi Airport Cargo Terminal early on Sun morning (Sep 11).
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which was on hand to inspect the animals, began investigations into the incident on-site after it was found that 121 of the sheep had died on the flight.
Findings indicated that heat stress was the cause of the death and there was no sign of infectious disease in any of the animals.