Things to look forward to in September: Colour Run Night, World Food Fair, and more!

It's almost the start of a new month yet again. We help you to round up some of the high key events you can look forward to in September because we know, time is a luxury for you. Read on!

A Little Magic Exhibition
Bring the kids to Singapore Philatelic Museum for a day of fun in the magical realm through stamp collections featuring fairy tale illustrations. Engage your senses with interactive and hands-on exhibits!

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Address: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Date: 27 May 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Time: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Admission: Adults: $8.00; Child: $6.00; Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

World Food Fair

Indulge yourself in 4 days of gastronomic heaven with over 200 local and international food and beverage establishments! Experience the most comprehensive and sumptuous delights from all over the world right where you are.

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Source: Sphere Exhibits

Address: Singapore Expo Hall 5
Date: September 7, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Admission: Free

Sands for Singapore Charity Festival

Various events are happening in this festival! Gather your family and friends and give back to society. Ticket proceeds from various Marina Bay Sands attractions will be donated to various beneficiaries.

Sands for Singapore Charity Festival 2017

Address: Marina Bay Sands
Date: 8 to 10 September 2017
Admission: Free

Singapore F1 Grand Prix

Off the track, events hit with all new levels of excitement. International acts like Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers will make you dance the night away.

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Source: Singapore Grand Prix

Address: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Date: 15 to 17 September 2017
Admission: From $188

The Colour Run Night

Experience a star-lit party that features glowtastic colour zones, and massive neon colour throws. This year's colour run is not the usual day time run you might have experienced in the past years!

Source: The Colour Run

Address: Sentosa Beach Station, Palawan Green
Date: 23 September 2017
Admission: From $70

There are also cultural and religious events that are happening this September. Learn more about what our fellow neighbours are doing!

Hari Raya Haji (1 September 2017)

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Source: Today Online

Lasting four days, Hari Raya Haji commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham's) complete faith and trust in God.

This is recounted in the story of God commanding Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael), a commandment that Ibrahim responded to with obedience. God stopped him and provided him with a sheep to substitute as a sacrifice, instead of his son.
So what do your neighbours do on this day?

During this period, Muslims dresses in their finest clothes and congregate in mosques to listen to sermons and offer their prayers.

But the most important ritual observed here is that of 'korban' (sacrifice). Worshippers contribute live sheep, lambs, goats and cows, which are slaughtered by a quick slit to the jugular as prayers are recited.

This act reminds worshippers of the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to offer up even his own flesh and blood to God. The animal is then cleaned and the meat carved up and distributed amongst the needy and orphans.

Hungry Ghost Festival (22 August to 19 September 2017)

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Just as the Americans have Halloween, the Chinese have the Hungry Ghost Festival when the souls of the dead are believed to roam the earth.

According to custom, these ghosts can get up to mischief if ignored so all sorts of offerings are made during this period, which is the seventh month in the lunar calendar.

So what do your neighbours do during this period?

Metal bins scattered around housing estates in Singapore are specifically provided to contain the stacks of hell money and paper offerings, such as cars, watches and jewellery, that are burned by relatives to appease their deceased family members – taking care of their material needs even in the afterlife.

Do watch your step in case you trample on food left out in the open. Although many place their food offerings (oranges, rice or even suckling pig) and joss sticks on proper altars, others tuck them at the side of footpaths or even alongside trees.

And as if satisfying the ghosts’ appetites for money and food wasn’t enough, taking care of their entertainment is also important.

Large tents are set up in open fields to host raucous dinners and auctions in heartland estates like Ang Mo Kio and Yishun. There are performances too, such as Chinese operas and 'getai' (literally ‘song stage’ in Chinese, or live stage performances), which feature tales of gods and goddesses, bawdy stand-up comedy, as well as song and dance numbers.

Everyone is welcome – so sit back and enjoy the show. Just remember not to sit in the front row, unless you want to rub shoulders with the ‘special guests’.

Adapted from VisitSingapore


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