Friday, July 18, 2014

Hari Raya 2014 | Ramadan Bazaar @ Geylang Serai

During the Muslim fasting month {Ramadan}, there are a few bazaars around Singapore selling delicious food for the Muslims to break their fast, as well as other traditional festive goods to help them celebrate the coming Hari Raya Adilfitri holiday.

I was talking to my Malay colleague and she mentioned that if I wanted to visit the biggest Ramadan Bazaar at Geylang Serai with Lil Pumpkin, it would be best to go during the early weeks before it got too crowded nearing Hari Raya Adilfitri. Probably the same like how it is when we visit Chinatown during Chinese New Year {read about our 2014 family walk in Chinatown here}.

So last week since we were at the boy's clinic near Paya Lebar MRT station after my work, we dropped by the bazaar with my mother-in-law. It was Lil Pumpkin's first time there, and I'm glad we got to go and soak in the festivities!

Thankfully since we arrived about 6pm, before the Muslims broke their fast {usually around 7pm+}, it wasn't too crowded and we could easily find parking. The bazaar is HUGE!! Like a giant flea market, almost as big as the one at Mindil Beach, NT hehe.

All the stalls were already open when we got there. The clothes, toys, rugs etc. stalls usually open in the late morning, and the food stalls will open by 5pm.

Like during Chinese New Year, Muslims will give out their versions of ang baos containing money {or sampul hijau or sampul duit raya in Malay} to the guests in their homes, especially to the kids. Since young children from the age of 7 are expected to fast, some parents also give their sampul hijau to their children for the full fasting month of to encourage them doing so.

There are so many cute versions of sampul hijau

Lil Pumpkin's favourite stops were at the toy stalls, of course.

I like looking at the various fashion stalls there. These styles are more towards the Indian traditional wear..

Traditional fashion for the guys...

During the Malay festive season, you can see a lot of families going matchy-matchy like this too :) Most of the time you have to tailor early, but sometimes you can get ready-made ones although they may not have the sizes or designs you like. It's hard enough finding matchy-matchy for mums and bubs, let alone for the whole family!

I really like these beautiful kebaya tops with the intricate embroidery..

Saw some wedding planners there too :)

Was thinking of getta our hands henna-ed but Lil Pumpkin was getting restless. Although the bazaar is fully covered, there are no ceiling fans, but only those at the stalls so it got kinda stuffy. Can imagine it to be worst when the crowd comes in!

It's also part of their custom buy new decorations and items for the house, so there are stalls offering everything from rugs, to bed sheets and handicrafts.

A big part of the bazaar is dedicated to the food stalls special Ramadan dishes, colorful drinks and delicious cookies so called "kuehs".

Deep-fried snacks...

Nasi Padang for those that want a fuller meal..

Grilled roti with egg and meat..

And who can resist a famous Ramly burger??

For overseas friends who've never heard, Ramly burgers originated from Malaysia and typically consist of a beef or chicken patty, margarine, onions, an egg, cabbage, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning. It's distinctive from other burgers because instead stacking the ingredients within the bun, the patty in the Ramly Burger is first covered with the desired condiments, then wrapped in a thin layer of egg. Best eaten hot and tastes sooooo good!

There are usually a few stalls in one pasar malam {flea market} or bazaar like this, and each stall would usually have their own unique taste :)

At 8pm every night until the end of Ramadan, Geylang Serai street outside the bazaar will light up with bright, colourful lights as part of the iconic month-long annual Hari Raya Light Up, so don't miss this when you're in the area.

If Geylang Serai is too far, you can also visit the smaller neighbourhood bazaars at Kandahar Street {near Sultan Mosque}, Woodlands, Jurong West and Bukit Panjang.

Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar  
Between Gelang Serai Road and Sims Avenue near Paya Lebar MRT station, Exit A
Fri 27 June - Sun 27 July 2014
Free admission.
Open 10am - late

Read about the other fun activities we did with Lil Pumpkin or my list of Kid-Friendly places in Singapore.



An Apel a Day said...

WOW that looks like an amazing time!!!

We don't have anything like that here in Nebraska. If there were it would be close to my house. There's only 1 mosque here, and it's close to my house.

The Ramly burgers you described sound yummy!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Like Alissa, we really don't have anything like that near where we live either. I love all the colorful wardrobe pieces each booth seems to have. And that wedding dress was so pretty!

Ai Sakura said...

Alissa: They are legendary!! Hope you get to try them one day :)

Theresa: Yeah, one of the perks of living in a multi-cultural, multi-racial place like Singapore. Come visit soon!

mail4rosey said...

I bet it's nice to get out and about and have something to eat after fasting. It's nice that you took your little on there to explore before the crowds got in. I like the picture of her w/her grandma, very sweet. :)

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

I LOVE markets such as this - I'm very jealous! As is my daughter! x

Unknown said...

Hey cool thanks for sharing! Might just do this one day with Poppy! Ramly. Mmmmmm.....

Grace said...

Nasi Padang!!! YUMMMM!!! Next time I go to Singapore, I'm definitely going to the markets and getting Henna done! x

Serenely said...

These photos are making me so envious! I miss the ramadhan and hari raya food so much. And I haven't had a ramly burger in aaaages. Give me a ramly burger over a macdonalds or burger king/hungry jacks any time!