The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Friday, September 26, 2008

Ramadan Bazaar | Eid Preparations in Singapore

With Eid fast approaching, people are trying to find time to make last minute purchases from home funishings to new clothes for the big celebration. Today, we feature some pictures taken at a Ramadan Bazaar in Singapore where people are busy shopping.

Eid Clothes in Singapore

Malay Muslim families in Singapore like to dress in the same color theme for Eid. So many clothings stores actually sell family Eid clothes in the same color, such as in the pictures above. It is a common sight to see an entire family alll decked out in the same color as they go visiting homes on Eid day. It cute to see this phenomenon - and it is not commonly seen in other Muslim cultures. Please correct me if I am wrong!

This is the baju kebaya, which is worn by the younger female members of the family. The top is usually single colored, and the bottom is a sarong, traditionally made of batik material, but these days you can find the sarong made in a variety of materials.

This is a baju kurung, a loose flowing top, worn with a tailored straight skirt.

Eid Home Decorations in Singapore

Artifical flowers of all kinds and in a variety of colors are found at the bazaar, which are used to enliven a home. And there is no need for maintenance - no need for daily waterings.

Colorful curtains abound in the bazaars.

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