The Ramadan Bazaar at Geylang Serai has always been the one of the main highlights of the year for the Muslim community, staked out in dazzling and multi-coloured lights and the nostalgic scents wafting from street food stalls.
Whether it’s clothes, accessories, snacks, or odd nick-nacks, every nook and cranny seems to hold its own treasures if you look closely enough.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event had been cancelled for the past two years.
Ramadan Bazaar May Return in 2022
Yesterday evening (9 Mar), BERTIA MediaCorp announced that Ramadan Bazaar might be happening again from 2 April to 2 May this year, at Wisma Geylang Serai.
Alas, the usual hustle and bustle will be brought down to a smaller scale, owing to the restrictions that will be in place to guarantee the public’s health and safety.
The key word being here is “might” though, since organisers warn that the bazaar might be suspended for the third consecutive year if pandemic conditions continue to worsen over the next few months.
To the Omicron variant, I say BEGONE!
And let there be light and delicious food!
Throwback to the Street Food and Shopping
Before the pandemic descended, the Ramadan Bazaar was one of the events to look forward to each year.
People from all walks of life would travel to Geylang Serai to try a wide array of food, be it the mainstay Ramly’s Burgers, kebabs, or ondeh-ondeh.
I swear I could kill for the pandan-infused dough with palm sugar fillings, they taste absolutely divine.
Besides the street food, the bazaar features a wide variety of goods, ranging from headscarves, embroidered or sequined clothes, glittering accessories and more.
If there is anything that one might need for the celebration of Hari Raya, the bazaar is bound to provide it.
It’s like Chinatown in the Outram district for the Singaporean-Chinese for the Lunar New Year, or the Festival of Lights for the Hindus; something just seems to be missing in the festivities without something as spectacular and intrinsic as the Ramadan Bazaar.
Fingers Crossed for Ramadan Bazaar
Hopefully, everything will go well, and the Ramadan Bazaar is carried out as scheduled.
Even if it’s at a smaller scale, having a taste of the festivities while harbouring the hopes that it will return to its former grandeur will surely bring much needed relief.
Singaporeans have been long deprived of the travelling pasar malams.
Being able to soak in the noise and heat under the tented areas and on boarded walkways, surrounded by people, food, and stalls—essentially indulgence and enjoyment gathered in a small area—is a dearly missed experience.
Fingers crossed, and let’s hope everything goes as planned.
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