Hello all! Just sharing here some photos of the annual Hari Raya bazaar or Pasar Malam (night-market in Malay) which I went to on my way home this evening.
For the people who do not know, Hari Raya Puasa, as we call it in Singapore, or Eid-Aldifitri in other Muslim countries, is observed and celebrated by Muslims worldwide. However, I understand that it is only over here that Hari Raya Puasa is celebrated on a grander scale than other places. A muslim colleague had ever explained to me the reason but it currently eludes me.
Prior to the celebrations, they would fast during the day and abstain from doing, saying, and thinking wrong for one month. So during this one month, as they are allowed to eat only after sun down, which is called the Iftar, or breaking of fast, the Pasar Malam at Geylang Seri becomes more alive, where members of the Muslim community, and even the other races, would come to buy food. The bazaar opens during the day and it also sells clothes and home decorations. As mentioned earlier, as the celebration is grander, many Muslim families would take the trouble to redecorate their homes with either new furniture, new carpets, and/or other decorations, and buy new clothes to wear when they go visiting their relatives and friends. These is all mainly done in preparation for the coming families and friends who will be visiting during the celebrations.
As I was saying, the photos are of only one part of the Pasar Malam. It you are there, you will see tented areas on either side of the main roads (Changi Road and Sims Avenue) filled with people selling clothes, food, toys and home furnishing. Also, there is a photo of Ramly Burger which I had, and other Halal local street food, such as sausages, dendeng (like the Chinese bakwa), and Chakwe, which is you-tiao with fish paste on it and then deep fried. If you can, try the mini vadai that is selling at $2 for 10 pieces. You can tell the food seller to get you a mix bag. I wanted to get it last night but I guess I was either late or it really sold out early.
The Pasar Malam is in the surrounding area of Geylang Seri Wet Market, which is traditionally the strong-hold of the Malay Muslim community. So, if you want have an experience of the local Malay Muslim community scene, you can take the bus, get off the MRT at Paya Lebar Station, or just take a cab. The night market is held until the early morning of Hari Raya Day which falls on 8th August this year.
So, what are you waiting for? Go while you are (still) here! Now!!! And Enjoy!