Having a feast: Yazid (seated third from left) handing the dates to both his brothers-in-law Balasingam (seated second from left) and Chan (seated left) at his home in Sungai Ara.
GEORGE TOWN: When Yazid Misnan’s extended family breaks fast together, it is an endearing sight.
“My wife is Chinese and a brother-in-law is Indian, so we basically celebrate three festivals in a year,” said Yazid.
The 48-year-old human resources manager recently had his in-laws over for buka puasa at his home in Sungai Ara near here.
“We try to do this once every year during Ramadan for all the family members to have dinner together,” he said.
Yazid’s wife Nur Diana Chan Abdullah, 48, said they usually break fast with a simple dinner but when they have the whole family together, there would be more food on the table.
Her brother Chan Fai Keong, 56, said such gatherings strengthened family ties.
“It is a very special occasion for us,” said the retiree, adding that he always looked forward to enjoying East Coast delicacies such as Nasi Dagang and Nasi Kerabu which are readily available at the Ramadan bazaar where the family goes to get the spread for their dinner.
Yazid’s brother-in-law R. Balasingam, 62, said this was his first time joining the family’s breaking of fast gathering as he is based in Kuala Lumpur.
“Gatherings like these are always about re-connecting with your family members and of course, enjoying the food,” said Balasingam.
The resort development manager said he was blessed to have a multi-cultural family.
“We get to understand each other’s culture and religion better,” he added.