It is that time of year again! Muslims all over the world are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan, which commemorates the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Not eating or drinking between dawn and sunset, Muslims believe Ramadan is a time of physical and spiritual cleansing, as well as one of peace and reflection.
This year, our international volunteers have decided to take part in this religious festival too. Fasting during daylight hours is a challenge, especially with the summer heat and long days, however the volunteers see it as a way to better understand and show solidarity with their host community.
Two of the four volunteers have had previous experience of Ramadan, having done it last year, but it is the first time for the other two. Despite this, all of them have managed to adjust to the different routine, which involves two main meals: ftour where you break the fast in the evening and suhur, a very early morning meal before you begin the fast.
As we are now in the fourth week of Ramadan, Eid is fast approaching and excitement is building. Eid is the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan and generally lasts three days: a time spent with family and friends, and of course, enjoying wonderful Moroccan food. In preparation, our volunteers have joined the crowds of Moroccans heading to the souk in order to buy new outfits, which are traditionally worn during Eid.