Posts Tagged ‘night’

POTD: Arabic calligraphy to decorate the home

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Arabic calligraphy is the artistic expression of handwriting and the Arabic script, and is often framed up and used to display excerpts of the Qur’an in a Muslim household.

Arabic calligraphy beautifully framed and ready to decorate the wall in the home. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Arabic calligraphy beautifully framed and ready to decorate the wall in the home. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Arabic calligraphy is based on the Arabic script, which was used by Muslims around the world in their own languages.

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POTD: Henna to beautify your hands and skin

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Henna is a dye made from the henna tree, which can be used for applying intricately-patterned body skin tattoo that is temporary.

These two friendly Malay girls at the Ramadan Night Bazaar were generous enough to offer their beautifully hennaed hands to model for the photo - while waiting for the freshly applied henna to dry. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

These two friendly Malay girls at the Ramadan Night Bazaar were generous enough to offer their beautifully hennaed hands to model for the photo – while waiting for the freshly applied henna to dry. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Many cultures use henna to decorate their body and arms, as well as dye their hair and nails.

Nearer home, they are used by Indians and Malays.

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POTD: Hari Raya cookies for family, visitors and friends

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

One of the things I love about Hari Raya is eating the delicious cookies that Muslim friends and colleagues share when the festival approaches. They are tasty and make delectable snacks suitable for all occasions.

 Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

You can also buy them at shops and the Ramadan Night Bazaar.

If you’re a baker or feeling adventurous, you could also try baking some yourself!

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POTD: Carpets to spruce up the home for Hari Raya Puasa

Friday, July 26th, 2013

For Muslims sprucing up their homes for Hari Raya Puasa, there is a wide selection of carpets at the Ramadan Night Bazaar.

Carpets with modern designs with modern designs and abstract patterns. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Carpets with modern designs with modern designs and abstract patterns. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

From traditional geometric patterns to more modern designs with sceneries or abstract shapes, you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing a carpet to decorate your home.

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POTD: New clothes for Hari Raya Puasa or Eid al-Fitr

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Apart from selling food for breaking of fast, the Ramadan Night Bazaar also sells plenty of interesting and beautiful stuff to help Muslims prepare for Hari Raya Puasa at the end of the fasting month.

Baju Kurung in many colours for the men. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Baju Kurung in many colours for the men. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Once the fasting month of Ramadan ends, the first day of the next month (Shawwal) is celebrated as Eid al-Fitr – the Arabic term meaning “festival of breaking of the fast”.

“除了卖开斋食品以外,回教斋月夜市也摆卖许多其他物品,譬如新衣,新鞋以及装饰品等。斋月过后,就是庆祝开斋节的时候了。大家都得穿上颜色鲜艳抢眼的新衣拜访亲戚朋友。” – 科技点心(微薄)

The day is known as Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei; and is also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Idul Fitri.

Hari Raya means “celebration day” in Malay.

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POTD: Breaking the fast at the end of the day during Ramadan

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Since this is the month of Ramadan, I will be featuring photos that I took during a visit to a night Bazaar in Geylang Serai in Singapore.

After sunset, Muslims that had fasted all day file into the night bazaar, while food stall holders dish out freshly cooked food. The Arabic term for the evening breakfast is Iftar, while in Malaysia and Indonesia, the breaking of fast is termed “berbuka puasa” and “buka puasa” respectively.

After sunset, Muslims who fasted all day file into the night bazaar, while food stall holders dish out freshly cooked food. The Arabic term for the evening breakfast is Iftar, while in Malaysia and Indonesia, the breaking of fast is termed “berbuka puasa” and “buka puasa” respectively.

This is the first in a series of photos that I will be posting on the Ramadan Bazaar.

The night markets bristle with activity especially around the Islamic month of Ramadan, which culminates with the Hari Raya Puasa.

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