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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ramadan Kareem!

This is our fifth Ramadan Celebration here in Dubai. Expats are 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. I first posted them in 2007  on my other blog and I am reposting to serve as gentle reminders for the days of the Holy Month.

  • 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 the 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 to get 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
And if I may add, ladies are expected to cover up - no sleeveless and shorts while shopping. This is the time of the month where pashminas become absolutely fashionable. Don't worry because you can get back to your play suit in 29 days. ((^_^))

Peace be with you on Ramadan and always!!!

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