Ramadhan takes place on every 9th month of Islamic calendar when Muslims direct the heart away from worldly activities to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm. One of the practices is to refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Commonly known as "fasting", this action signifies the strong devotion of followers towards their god as Muslims believe it helps to build patience, sacredness, modesty and submissiveness.
During Ramadhan, Singapore's mosques will be packed with followers holding their nightly prayer called "Tarawih". Visit the Sultan Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Singapore which is situated at Kampong Glam to learn more about the praying ceremony. Visitors are welcomed but please take note of the dress code.
Head to Geylang Serai which holds one of the biggest street bazaar during the Ramadhan period where cultural cuisines, garments, accessories, and festive gifts can be found. Jalan Sultan is another buzzing spot and many people would gather there during this festive season.
Usually, Muslims break their fast with a couple of dates and a glass of drink. In Singapore, other popular food may be added to the meal. One example is Bubur Lambuk, rice porridge cooked with sweet potatoes, prawns, beef, and herbs. Other mouth-watering festive delicacies that are popular in Singapore include Kueh Lapis (sweet layered pastry), Satay (grilled meat on a skewer), Ketupat (rice dumpling in palm leaves) and Rendang (made from beef, duck or chicken with coconut milk and spices).
Craving for more Malay cuisines?
Visit award winning Carousel Restaurant at Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore Hotel for a sumptuous selection of international cuisines ranging from fresh Japanese Sashimi to Western Rotisserie, Bread and Butter Pudding to Creme Brulée. Be assured that all these are tailored to delight many taste buds. All food served at Carousel are prepared in Halal-certified kitchens. Sahur breakfast is provided from 3.00 to 5.00am daily during the Ramadhan period. Dates are served at the start of dinner buffets during this period too.
On top of that, all 511 rooms in Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore Hotel are catered to halal-conscious traveller with Qurans and Qiblah in each room. Surau and Salaath timings are also available upon request. Make full use of the free internet throughout the hotel and refresh yourselves selection of free mini-bar beverages, replenished daily in all rooms.
Closely located to Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore Hotel, remember to spend some time at the myriad mega shopping malls situated along Orchard Road such as ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya), and DFS Galleria for movie, food and various family entertainment options in Singapore.