What does ‘Ramadan’ mean to you? If you are a Muslim, is it about ‘breaking fast’ or practising compassion, self-control and self-discipline during the holy month? For non-Muslims, is it about being sensitive to our Muslim friends through small gestures such as avoid scheduling lunch meetings? Growing up in a multiracial country like Singapore allows us to foster racial harmony and celebrate festivals of different races every year. At Singapore Children’s Society, we adopt the same approach and mindfully instil this kampung spirit amongst our beneficiaries.
In that vein, one of our youth centres, The Fort @ Children’s Society, organised their annual iftar event on 20 April this year. iftar is the fast-breaking evening meal of Muslims. It was an initiative by our staff to allow our Muslim youth to break fast together, and for our non-Muslim youth to understand what fasting is about.
Apart from the youth, our non-Muslim staff also decided to participate by abstaining from food and drinks the whole day! During the day, the non-Muslim youth helped prepare food and drinks for the iftar. There were also quizzes designed to educate the non-Muslim youth on the fasting month tradition. During this iftar event, youth and staff bonded over a sumptuous spread of pizza, drinks and finger food!
The team gathered feedback from both the staff and youth about how they felt towards this meaningful event.
Let’s hear what our youth had to say. 😊
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