Hari Raya Puasa is just around the corner! The public holiday is this Sunday 25 June 2017.
Hari Raya Puasa celebrates the end of the Ramadan month of fasting. It is also known as the Eid al Fitr or Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
In Singapore, Muslims celebrate this Hari Raya Puasa as well as the non-Muslims. Non-Muslims also look forward to this holiday, as they may enjoy the break travelling to neighbouring countries (Travel is our Singapore national hobby), and some may be invited to celebrate with their Muslim friends.
Typically, around 4 weeks before this holiday, there will be promotions galore in the supermarkets to entice shoppers to stock up for Hari Raya Puasa celebrations. In additional to traditional festive snacks and cookies (mostly imported from Malaysia), here are the other key categories that people will stock up for Hari Raya Puasa: –
Drinks: Carbonated drinks (Cola, Flavoured), concentrated syrups (Orange, Rose), Asian drinks (Tea, Barley).
Frozen: Chicken whole, Chicken parts, Beef Lungs, Finger Foods (Spring Rolls, Samosa, Otah, Chicken Nuggets).
Groceries: Canned (Fruit Cocktail, Evaporation Milk, Cream), Margarine, Cornflakes, Ketupats (see above picture), Coconut Milk.
For married Non-Muslims invited to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa with their Muslim friends, do prepare in advance green packets for the host’s children. Green packets are available in wide variety of designs at places like Joo Chiat and Geylang. For non-Muslim singles, do bring along a gift for the host. Gift chocolates or cookies (halal ones of course) are usually appreciated.