Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar is Cancelled & Will Be Held Online Instead

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HDB isn’t the only one coming out with a new digital platform.

The popular Geylang Serai Bazaar is doing the same thing as well, according to the People’s Association (PA).

Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar is Cancelled & Will Be Held Online Instead

On 13 Jan 2021, PA announced that the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar is cancelled this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, the bazaar, which runs from 9 Apr to 13 May 2021, will be held entirely online instead.

This move, they said, is to safeguard residents’ well-being.

The Platform

For this year’s bazaar, the Wisma Geylang Serai and the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI) will collaborate.

The SMCCI is the “authority and representative” of Malay businesses in Singapore, making them well-placed to convince traditional bazaar vendors to sell their wares online.

PA says that the platform will be a “shopper-friendly platform” which accepts “various payment modes” and deliver goods in a “timely” manner.

A Series Of Programmes

Other than buying and selling, PA is also working on curating a series of programmes during the festivities.

This includes music, comedy, baking, cooking and exercise videos which will be “aired” on Wisma Serai’s social media platforms daily.

There’ll also be live shows like the Hari Raya show and the Break Fast show.

The annual light-up which traditionally takes place along Sims Avenue and Geylang Road will also be streamed online.

The Hari Raya light-up will take place from 9 Apr to 23 May 2021.

“In conjunction with the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar, the Hari Raya Light-Up is a great platform to soak in the Malay community’s colourful heritage, culture and lifestyle, which are an integral part of Singapore’s multicultural identity.”

A TikTok campaign is also planned for this year’s festivities.

At least one thing for sure, though; operating costs for the traditional bazaar vendors are likely to drop this year since they don’t have to pay sky-high stall rental at the ever-popular bazaar.

Feature Image: Tobias Krohn / Shutterstock.com


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