Friday, September 14, 2007

Ramadan celebration: what we can do

Posted by Kero at Friday, September 14, 2007
So what exactly does an newbie expatriate do during Ramadan? We are all expected to give respect to the local custom like what everybody is saying but exactly how?

I found these list of expatriate expectations from Xpress. And i find it a very good reminder for new residents like me. Allow me to share these etiquettes that will serve as a guide for the next 29 days and maybe for many, many more Ramadan celebrations to come:

  • Be patient with people who are fasting.
  • Do not eat in front of them.
  • Try fasting. You will get a sense of what the month is about and how it feels.
  • Go for Iftar (the meal to break the fast eaten after sunset). Even if you are not fasting, you can break tha fast with your Muslim friends and join the daily mini-celebration.
  • Avoid being on the road around Iftar as people who are fasting will be trying toget home.
  • If you live near a mosque then be aware that evening prayers will take place everyday of Ramadan staring from the night before the fast starts. Also, during the last 10 days, there are further prayers late into the night.
  • Avoid having loud music blaring from your car stereo. This is the month of piety so many will not appreciate this and may find insulting.
  • If you smoke, try avoiding or lessening it this month. It would be a good start to improve your health
Peace be with you on Ramadan and always!!!

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