Lively experience breaking fast on banks of Sungai Kelantan
Last Update: 26/05/2019
KOTA BHARU, May 26 (Bernama) -- Muslims flock to Lembah Sireh, located on the banks of the Sungai Kelantan here when they come to 'picnic' for Iftar during Ramadan.
The lively atmosphere was felt yesterday with the presence of more than 1,000 visitors looking to break fast and enjoy their meal leisurely at the recreation area.
A visitor, Sulaiman Ismail, 45, who lives in Pasir Tumboh, said his family planned to bring a dish of ‘nasi ulam’ and pickled anchovies.
“The wife cooked some traditional Kelantan dishes at home such as sauteed vegetables, spicy ‘ikan keli’, saffron fried chicken and some other side dishes.
“The important thing is that we enjoy eating together, bringing along mats and other utensils such as plates, bowls and cups to facilitate breaking fast in the recreation area," he said when met with his 10 family members.
According to another visitor, Wan Aisah Wan Ali, 50, the average visitors are from different districts who come there after shopping for festive items at nearby supermarkets.
“In preparation for the festival, we take the family to buy clothes, so this is the time we take the opportunity to break fast by the riverside, looking at the night atmosphere here, I did not expect many people had the same intent.
“We bought ready-made ‘nasi kerabu’ packet each, adding side items, cakes and water, while enjoying breaking fast, while watching other families doing the same,” said Wan Aisah who lives in Kampung Selising, Pasir Puteh.
According to Muhammad Firdaus Irfan Ahmad Zamri, 20, what happened at the location was in fact unplanned, people just came voluntarily and spontaneously.
“Parking was also crowded, but the vehicles were parked in an organised manner, even without volunteers or local authorities to control the situation, each one took care of themselves and once the breaking of fast was over, the rubbish was disposed properly,” he said.
Friendliness among fellow diners could be seen when there were exchange of food such as cakes and drinks during the breaking of fast.
Some also brought small children who looked so happy and excited with the atmosphere, and cakes and balloons were also brought along to celebrate birthdays.
However, some visitors have provided suggestions to improve public facilities at the recreation area.
“I recommend the PBT (Kota Bharu Municipal Council - Islamic City) and the State Tourism Department provide lights here as visitors have to switch on their phone lights while eating and also increase the number of garbage bins,” he added.