The renowned and iconic event of the year, Geylang Serai Bazaar, will not be returning this year in light of the COVID-19 situation. Every year, the bazaar is packed to the rafters, awash with Ramadhan festivities and smorgasbord of mouth-watering dishes.
In an attempt to keep the spirit alive and retain the nostalgia of the Malay tradition, different online platforms have stepped up to bring the bazaar online. Though the virtual experience might not be as convivial, one can still enjoy the Ramadhan bazaar goodies and treats from the comfort of your own homes!
Keep an eye out for Twilight Online, Virtual CelebFest, eBazaar.sg, The Halal Eater and Home Bazaar Raya. Consolidated on to a platform, these shops will bring your Hari Raya bargains and festive decorations, with just a simple click.
Inspired by food markets in Australia, Twilight: Flea & Feast event houses the tastiest street food from around the globe to Singapore. Though possibly postponed to the latter half of the year, you can still soak in the experience online on 6 April till 19 April 2020 with your favourite local businesses gathered in a single platform, allowing you to browse and shop in a breeze.
Similarly, stay tuned for Stay At Home Bazaar Raya, an Instagram-based online marketplace that aims to share and market clothes and delectable food renditions for consumers and sellers alike. Join them for from 10 April and again on 17 April 2020 for their soft and official launch, respectively.
CelebFest boasts a multitude of regional celebrity appearances, retail booths, and F&B offerings teeming with exciting performances by local and regional celebrities. Keep your eyes peeled for Virtual CelebFest, coming to you on 23 April to 15 May 2020.
Looking to get some fancy-looking baju raya, confectionery bakes and favourite Hari Raya finds? eBazaar, happening on 23 April to 15 May 2020, houses a myriad of merchants whose businesses have been affected by the cancellation of Ramadhan bazaars.
Your best shot of getting your hands on some of these palatable kueh, tarts and kolak pisang in the comfort of your homes!
Additionally, keep a lookout for The Halal Eater, which recently called out for Halal-certified or Muslim-owned to come together digitally. Hoping to create a large virtual marketplace, you will be pleased to know that even without a confirmed launch date, you can expect some unique vendors—premium ice cream makers, local designers, tingkat meals, kueh raya and even some home decor.
In hopes of helping small businesses thrive in these trying times, these platforms have been partnering with them to provide you with the same Ramadhan experience. While it might feel different without the buzz of the real deal, you can still support these local businesses by ordering your snacks and essentials online whilst spending time at home with your family.
Talk about trying to keep the Ramadhan spirit alive!
Dates & Times: Twilight Online (6 April to 19 April 2020), Virtual CelebFest & eBazaar.sg (23 April to 15 May 2020), The Halal Eater (T.B.C) and Home Bazaar Raya (10 April 2020 for soft launch, 17 April 2020 for official launch)