The Hari Raya atmosphere is already felt as Muslims have observed the Ramadan obligatory fast for a fortnight. Sales of cakes and cookies for the upcoming Aidilfitri festivity are actively being conducted by several associations and individuals. At the Youth Centre in the capital, the Women Institute, W.I. has begun their sale of Hari Raya delicacies, a tradition it has undertaken since the 1970s.
The W.I. has prepared over 200 types of cake and biscuit, such as pineapple tarts, kuih mor, as well as nestum and cerelac cookies. Traditional snacks such as spicy Meruku, meat floss and pickles are also available. According to the Manageress of the W.I. Hari Raya Cakes Sale, Hajah Aminah binti Haji Hitam, 10% of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Association's Fund for its activities, and another part of the income from the sale will be contributed to charity funds.
Hajah Aminah said W.I. had been conducting the Hari Raya Cake and Biscuits Sale for nearly 40 years at the Youth Centre. Response from the public has always been encouraging each year, despite growing competitions from other associations or companies, as W.I. has already had its regular customers.
The sale is open to the public until the 7th of August, from 9 in the morning until 9 in the evening. The sale will be closed temporarily for 3 days from the 30th of July, as the sale location will be used for a religious event.