Posted by: Leap of Faith | September 15, 2007

Ramadan Kareem!


Before I move on back to our Saudi life, I just remembered that when we were in Manila, we were fortunate enough to be able to touch base with our dear friends, our brothers and sisters, from Ligaya ng Panginoon (LNP). Through the generosity of Taps and Karen (Tapia), who arranged for us to hold our dinner at the business center of the Vivere Suites in Filinvest Alabang, and our Mens and Women Group (MWG), who each brought their special recipes for the pot-luck dinner, we all had a great time swapping stories and munching through all the gastronomic treats in front of us.

Derek and May (Puertollano), Allan and Peachy (Marasigan), Taps and Karen (Tapia) and Buboy and Tess (Sicat).. thanks to all of you for a really wonderful time! Mon and Minnie (Biticon), we hope to catch you the next time we are in town.

Going back, today is the first official work day during the Ramadan season, which started last Thursday and will last for a good 30 days. This is our 2nd Ramadan here in the Kingdom and the 1st for the Magallaneses. Embarassingly, I am not quite sure what the whole season means for our Muslim brothers and sisters. As far as I know, it is a period of cleansing and sacrifice for all of them.

During this time, everyone in the Kingdom is required to fast from dawn until dusk. Food and drinks are not allowed to be consumed during this time; this is on top of the other sacrifices that they have to do… like not smoking and all those stuff. Non-Muslims should also respect their customs and beliefs by avoiding eating and drinking in public. It sounds really difficult to do, at first, but once you get the hang of it, you realize its not that bad after all.

Personally, the best part of Ramadan is the shortened working hours. My desk job has now been shortened from the usual 8-5 to only 9-3… a really great deal , right?! Although by the time I go home, most of the establishments (restaurants and malls) would still be closed (operating hours are usually from 8pm – 1am), shortened working hours would still mean more time to spend with family and more time to do other chores. By the end of the 30 days, we will be celebrating the Eid Fatir, which is a one week non-working holiday. We are still planning what to do during this 9 day holiday so I can’t write anything about it yet.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Until the next update.

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  1. Hopefully this would be something we wouldn’t have to deal with for a longer time…can’t seem to get used to such crazy hours!! Anyway, looking at the bright side, it does mean more time to spend with family – and more time to do chores (mwahaha!). 🙂

  2. ooooh, i know someone other than you who’s very ecstatic about your shorter working hours! i can see the lights flashing: “VACUUM!”, “LAUNDRY!”, “WASH DISHES”. nyahaha!

    pardon my ignorance, what about school hours? is it shorter as well? does that mean the kids won’t have recess or are younger members of the population exempted from the ramadan rules?

    i’m sure you’re going to have a great week of celebration come the end of ramadan. 😀

  3. Pinks, cross our fingers.

  4. You said it, Weng.

    Luigi and Rafa are in an International School so their school hours do not change because of Ramadan. They can also eat inside school. The local schools adjust (shorten) their school hours and I’m pretty sure the children there don’t eat during the break.

    We are looking forward to the long holiday. Although we don’t know yet where to go… boo hoo hoo.


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