Singaporeans are flocking to the Geylang Serai market as it prepares for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, leading to long queues of trolley-toting shoppers.
With the holy month of Ramadan coming to its festive conclusion this weekend, as many as five long lines stretched across the front of the market yesterday, with one woman describing long queues today with waits of 30 minutes to enter the market popular in the Malay community.
“[O]hmyyyy the queue to get inside geylang serai market is longggg. ok i expected it to be long but not like this?? i feel like i’m queuing up @ [Universal Studios Singapore],” @Nurhidayah_fz tweeted today. She couldn’t immediately be reached for further comment.
Most of the people seen standing in the lines wore face masks and stood a commendable distance from each other in one video filmed at the scene.
“This year Geylang will be History for all of us. We can’t shop how we use to. We have to queue at the market just to feed our family. This year Hari Raya Puasa is not the same. We don’t get to celebrate with our whole family just a few that stay with us,” the clip’s caption read.
This year Geylang will be History for all of us. We can’t shop how we use to. We have to queue at the market just to feed our family. This year Hari Raya Puasa is not the same. We don’t get to celebrate with our whole family just a few that stay with us. We are sorry that our date are full guys. How I wish I could attend to all of you 😢 I really can’t stand to see this, so sad laaaaa!!!. Let’s pray together so that this virus will break the chain okay. Amin.
Ps; Please please no insult or whatever on my feed guys. If you all really need to go market go nearby market please! 🤧
Posted by Borong Pasar Geylang. on Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Antrian di pasar Geylang pagi ini guys..
Posted by Aura Kasih Suci on Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Month-long Hari Raya celebrations begin Sunday, but Muslims in Singapore are not allowed to visit other households or gather as is customary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
“As such, Muslims should abide by the national restrictions on gatherings in public and private spaces, and therefore refrain from traditional Hari Raya visits and gatherings across households,” the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said Friday.
“Visits to loved ones in different households, especially elderly family members, should be deferred until restrictions on visits are lifted, except where important care-giving is required,” it added.
Shopping for festive items such as produce, decorations and traditional clothing should also be done individually and kept as brief as possible.
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