The Muslim asylum seekers celebrate Ramadan in the asylum center away from their families. New Times met with two asylum seekers and had a talk with them about the difference between Ramadan in Denmark and in their home countries.
Amal from Kuwait
Amal is 42 years old and an asylum seeker from Kuwait. She came to Denmark with her family. “It’s a big difference in Ramadan between here and in my country. The most beautiful thing in celebrating Ramadan is a meeting of family and relatives at the dining table; we are missing that here. I left my two daughters in my homeland, when they got married there. So when I sit at the table, I remember my daughters when they were coming to visit me and spend the fast with me. However, the fasting here is still easier, even knowing that the number of fasting hours here is more than there, but because the climate here is so nice, it helps us not to feel thirsty.”, Amal says.
Fredon from Afghanistan
Fredon is 32 years old and a single man from Afghanistan.
”Actually, I don’t see any difference. I love being here at any time, either during Ramadan or at a normal day. Of course I like celebrating Ramadan with my family, but it’s ok with me now. Additionally, I like the weather in Denmark. It’s very hot in my country, which makes fasting very hard on us”, Fredon says.
Ramadan is one of the rituals of Muslims. It happens once a year for a whole month. Muslims have to fast during the day from dawn to sunset. Therefore, the counting of fasting hours varies from one country to another. The Scandinavian countries are among the countries with the longest day in the world where Muslims are fasting for 20 hours. After Ramadan, there is a celebration of Muslims called ‘Eid’. This feast lasts for three days, and they celebrate the end of the fast.