Festive tradition fosters family ties

Every day during the month of Ramadan, Madam Mumtaz Begum Mohamed Ismail bakes an array of swiss rolls, toffee bars and kueh lapis.

While more families are opting to buy tidbits and snacks for Hari Raya, which falls tomorrow, she believes baking is a good way for parents to bond with their children.

It is a tradition that the 42-year-old clinic assistant has kept up for the past 15 years.

The only difference this year is that, for the first time, her 17-year-old daughter has taken charge of a large batch of swiss rolls - in flavours such as nutella, oreo and cream. Some of the rolls are given away to her relatives.

"I love baking and I'm so thankful that she is following in my footsteps," said Madam Mumtaz.

This article was first published on July 27 2014.
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