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31 March 2023

Fasting and Connecting: Our Experiences During Ramadan

The iftar is celebrated together

For many, fasting during Ramadan is the most normal thing in the world, while others are completely unfamiliar with it. On Tuesday, March 28, colleagues joined us for a day of fasting to experience with the colleague Edip what Ramadan really means. Ramadan is a time of great reflection for Muslims, during which they do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. At sunset, the fast is broken with the iftar, where you come together to eat a festive meal. And so 10 of us shared our day at Dynamic People in the same way.

Colleagues received tips and tricks in advance from colleague Edip, who himself fasted for the full 29 days. One of the tips was to eat nutritious products before sunrise, such as dates and eggs, for example. They were allowed to eat until 5:30 in the morning, after which the fast began. To get the day off to a good start, we started the day together at 09:00. Some confused colleagues walked automatically to the coffee machine: “Oh no, this is not possible today”. During lunch, the whole group went for a walk together. You are not allowed to eat and drink, but it is good to keep moving. And nice to do it together!

“Fasting makes you aware, not only of another culture, but of certain luxuries such as running water that not everyone can enjoy just like that. Everyone experiences this day differently, of course, sharing this with each other makes it an extra beautiful experience!

At about 5 PM some people started to get a really hard time, and they still had 3 hours to go. They played some games until it was time to start the Iftar together. They broke the fast with a big glass of water, followed by a delicious meal. “In the end, not eating was not so bad at all, I just missed drinking water” most of them indicated. It was very nice to participate in this tradition and to introduce colleagues to a different culture and religion. It was also a special experience for Edip: “This was the most beautiful Ramadan “at work” that I have experienced. My colleagues and friends joined in with a smile on their faces. This will always stay with me!”