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Seasonings #1

by Seasonings Magazine

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One cannot fully comprehend the significance of Hari Raya Puasa (Eid al-Fitr) without an insight into Ramadan – they are two sides to the same coin. The literal meaning of ‘puasa’ being ‘fasting’, Hari Raya Puasa refers to a great day of celebration that marks the end of the fasting month.

Ramadan has deep spiritual meaning to Muslims, who believe that it was in this month that the Angel Gabriel revealed God’s message to the Prophet Muhammad, culminating in the Quran. As fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam, for 30 days, Muslims around the globe fast between sunrise and sunset to attain taqwa, a conscious awareness of Allah. The sighting of a crescent moon signals the end of the holy month and the beginning of festivities and feasting.

With COVID, last Ramadan and Hari Raya were like no other. Muslims in Singapore exchanged evenings at the bustling Ramadan bazaars for quiet dinners at home. Tarawih prayers and communal breaking of fast with strangers at the mosque were no longer a possibility. Regardless of COVID’s impact this year, we can find unity in the rituals of fasting and feasting, and seek comfort and continuity in the small things: messages from loved ones checking in, food sent by loved ones, and the beautiful sound of the azan (the call to prayer).

One does not need to be Muslim to appreciate and see the beauty in Ramadan and the celebration that ensues. In this issue, we pay tribute to the importance of community, the beauty of rituals, and the diversity of Muslim celebration food in Singapore.