For many Singaporeans, especially our Muslim friends, visiting the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar is a yearly tradition. Whether it’s to shop for traditional goods, affordable accessories and trinkets, or just to stuff yourself silly, you can bet the multitude of stalls there offer something for everyone. Our only problem with heading down to the bazaar? The endless crowd of people everywhere! It definitely makes getting around the area a pain and intensifies the heat by tenfold.
The organisers of the Geylang Serai Bazaar are making an effort to provide a more crowd-friendly experience this year, with larger dining space and wider walkways – but the bazaar is still going to attract a throng of visitors every day. So if you’re thinking of skipping the crowd altogether, why not opt to support some lesser-known Ramadan Bazaars instead? We’ve listed five such bazaars that Singaporeans are sure to enjoy.
1. Expo 26th Edition, Hari Raya Special
Image: Zak Salaam India Expo Official Facebook
Ready for great food, great entertainment and lots of great shopping? Celebrating their 26th Edition, the Zak Salaam India Expo presents their Eid special, where everything from beautiful accessories to detailed outfits will be available for customers. With booths from across India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and more, this is an event not to be missed, especially for those who love retail therapy. Expect handicraft, beaded shoes and bags, fashionable outfits and more.
When: 23 – 26 May 2019
Where: Singapore Expo Hall 5B
More info at facebook.com/ZakSalaamIndiaExpo
2. CelebFest Ramadan
Introducing the theme for #CELEBFEST Ramadan 2019 – #RENTAKRAYA! No matter where you are in the world, the beat of the Raya festivities will get you in the mood for Raya this year, with your family and loved ones. Join us for the BIGGEST EDITION of CELEBFEST, with over 50 of the regions best and most popular celebrities! 17-19 MAY 2019 • SUNTEC CONVENTION CENTRE (HALLS 401-403) • 10AM-10PM • FREE ADMISSION
Different from the usual Ramadan bazaar scene, CelebFest brings the glitz and glamour of regional celebrities to Singapore. With over 50 popular artistes gracing the event such as Fahrin Ahmad, Zarul, Shalma Eliana, Aaron Aziz and more, this year’s CelebFest is set to be the biggest yet. Admission is free, so bring all your girlfriends and get ready to shop till you drop while enjoying the non-stop entertainment lineup.
When: 17 – 19 May 2019
Where: Suntec City Convention Centre Halls 401 – 403
More info at facebook.com/CelebFest/
3. The Grand Souq
Image: The Grand Souq Official Facebook
If your favourite part of attending Hari Raya bazaars is the sense of community and togetherness, you’ll love The Grand Souq. Besides the regular food and retail booths present at most bazaars, this event will be hosting live Jemaah prayers, daily spiritual sharing sessions and live music performances. We’d reckon this would be the perfect event for family bonding over the weekend.
When: 31 May – 2 June 2019
Where: Singapore Expo, Hall 6A
More info at facebook.com/thegrandsouq/
4. Vintage Ramadan Bazaar @ Kampong Punggol
Image: FG Empire Delights At Kampong Punggol Official Facebook
Those living in the Northeast, rejoice! The Vintage Ramadan Bazaar will be back for its second run at Kampong Punggol, where local and Malaysian artistes such as Khai Bahar will be performing every weekend. The best part? Supporting the booths here will help to further a great cause, as $50 from the rental cost of each booth will be donated to AIN Society – a community organisation helping disadvantaged families and individuals, as well as adults suffering from chronic illnesses.
When: 3 May – 3 June 2019
Where: Open field next to the carpark (3-5 min walk from Riviera LRT Station)
More info at facebook.com/FG-Empire-Delights-At-Kampong-Punggol-1202442563223674/
5. Bazaar Lambak Raya
Image: Bazaar Lambak Halal Festival Official Facebook
Back by popular demand, the Bazaar Lambak Raya will be held at SingPost Centre this festive season. Offering all of your favourite halal foods, snacks and shopping options, there is plenty to see and do. We recommend dropping by on June 1 for the Ramadan Charity Sale, where buyers will be able to do their shopping whilst doing a good deed.
When: 20 May – 3 June 2019
Where: SingPost Centre
More info at facebook.com/BazaarLambakHalalFestival/