Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month-long observation of self-reflection, sacrifice, and devotion. During this period, Muslims practice fasting from dawn to sunset. At the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated. This whole journey strengthens and reaffirms their faith. It is also about reflecting on good deeds. We sat down with some UKVS students to talk about their Ramadan experience.
Sisters Faaria and Inaayah shared how their family enjoyed a special vermicelli dish on the morning of Eid. Faaria excitedly shared about exchanging greetings of “Eid Mubarak” with her relatives. The siblings both received presents and treats. They have new bikes and dolls! Faaria and Inaayah also made a sweet gesture of writing cards addressed to their parents.
Fatemahzahra talked about her experience adjusting to a new routine. Her sleeping schedule was a bit different during Ramadan. When Eid came, they met up with other family members to exchange presents! This year, she received a scooter and a drinking bottle engraved with her name. She also recalled having special breakfast on the first day of Eid. The most memorable part of her celebration was visiting the fun fair with her cousins. They had slushies, doughnuts, and went on to try the rides. Fatemahzahra understood the importance of fasting but she also admitted that it had been challenging at first.
The pandemic changed the landscape of gatherings. We might be held back by certain physical limitations but at the end of the day, what truly matters is the heart of the celebration. Ramadan and Eid teaches us to take a look at the wonderful things we have – and to not take them for granted. It’s about allowing ourselves to be free of inhibitions and doubts. It’s about remembering that as humans, we often make mistakes. It’s about giving back and extending good deeds. It is a journey of faith and self-discovery.