With Ramadan falling on April 13 this year in the midst of a pandemic that is far from over, the crisis has certainly changed the way we live and the way we celebrate festive occasions. From fasting and shopping to visiting Ramadan bazaars, traveling back to one’s respective hometowns, and breaking fast with family and friends, the usual practices we’ve always done in groups are no longer viable. As most states in Malaysia are still under travel restrictions until an indefinite period, all social activities now come with safety guidelines. Thanks to the advances of technology, however, we can still shop online, catch up with loved ones virtually, enjoy delicious takeaway food and make the most of this festive period. Here at Little Steps, we’ve come up with some alternative ways to celebrate this spiritual month in Kuala Lumpur.
Ramadan 2021 dates: Tuesday, April 13 to Thursday, May 13, 2021
Get the little ones involved in the kitchen throughout the whole fasting month, and let them help out in making a delicious traditional Ramadan meal. Cooking and baking as a family not only strengthens family bonds, it'll create beautiful memories that your kids will remember for many years to come. Bring out the cookbooks, and start making delicious Malay kuihs, Raya favorites like rendang, ketupat, lemang and more. Alternatively, check out websites like Dish by Ili run by TV personality Ili Sulaiman for Malay dishes or Kuali and Rasa for recipes on Ramadan cookies and dishes.
Dish by Ili, click here
Kuali, click here
Rasa, click here
The highlight of every Ramadan season is the plethora of Ramadan bazaars selling scrumptious, mouth-watering local delicacies at pocket-friendly prices. With physical distancing still being enforced in various places, navigating Ramadan bazaars might be trickier than usual. Instead, vendors are encouraged to turn to technology to reach their customers. You can now order your favourite food online or via a mobile app, and delivery partners will send them to your doorstep. Support local food vendors by visiting and ordering from them online, or find them in your local Facebook groups.
Air Asia Food, click here
Beepit, click here
DeliverEat, click here
FoodPanda, click here
GrabFood, click here
Pop Meals, click here
Sama-Sama Lokal by M2U, click here
Also check out our Best Ramadan Buffets in KL guide!
With all the time on your hands, the Internet is a treasure trove when it comes to ideas for Ramadan art and craft. Get the kids excited about making lots of fun Ramadan-themed crafts such as a paper cut-out mosque, money envelopes, Aidilfitri greeting cards, moon sighting binoculars, a moon and star mobile and more.
ArtsyCraftsyMom, click here
DLTK's Craft for Kids, click here
Lunar Learners, click here
Learn all about Islam through mobile apps that are fun, kid-friendly, and perfect for little ones. There are plenty of resources out there suitable for children, and with Ramadan just around the corner, it's a great time to get kids to understand their religion better. Check out apps like Miraj Stories, Muslim Kids TV, Lil Muslim and Kalma and Dua.
Islamic Kids Daily Duas & Prayers, download here
Miraj Stories, download here
Muslim Kids TV, download here
Kalma and Dua, download here
At this day and age, distance is no longer a barrier to catch up with loved ones. With the click of a button, loved ones are just a video call away, whether they're in the next town, or across the sea, all you need is an Internet connection. With a number of tools and apps out there, you'll be able to have a lovely catch-up with family members and friends easily with the help of free video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and more.
Zoom - free up to 40 minutes per session
Skype - 4 hours per session
Google Duo - for mobile users
Google Meet - up to 100 users
FaceTime - for Apple users
Microsoft Teams - up to 300 users
WebEx - 50 minutes per session
WhatsApp - up to 8 users
If you'd rather not head to the mall and fashion boutiques for your Raya shopping, fret not as online shopping is readily available. Although visiting family members and friends may be out of bounds this season, that shouldn't stop you from getting the whole family dressed up in brand new traditional attires. Choose from cute baju kurungs and baju kebayas for the little missus, and baju Melayus for the little lads. We like designs from Belle Babies Design and Pokoks for kids, or check out fashion platforms Zalora and Fashion Valet for chic designs. For more ideas, check our guide to Shopping For Malay Traditional Wear In KL.
Alia B., click here
Belle Babies Design, click here
Fashion Valet, click here
Jovian Mandagie, click here
NH By Nurita Harith, click here
Pokoks, click here
Poplook, click here
Rico Rinaldi, click here
Zalora, click here