Ambassador Palestine for Indonesia, Zuhair Al-Shun, shares stories about fasting Ramadan and traditions Eid Al-Fitr in Palestine.
Al-Shun said that the difference in fasting lies in the period, where fasting in Palestine is longer than in Indonesia.
“You know, fasting is fasting. Depending on the period, we, in Palestine, are longer than Indonesia because of the location,” Al-Shun told CNNIndonesia.comThursday (28/4).
“However, fasting has the same purpose, there is no difference in Indonesia or in Palestine, because the principle of fasting is the same. What is different, mentioned at the beginning, is only related to time, because in Palestine the time is longer, while in Indonesia it is shorter,” he continued.
In addition, Al-Shun also shared his sadness at being away from his family during this Ramadan.
“Then what distinguishes from fasting [tahun] this is far from family, because we are in Indonesia, and by custom
We are used to gathering with family, neighbors, or relatives, whereas at this time we cannot do that for the Palestinian people, and especially for me here,” he said.
Al-Shun also revealed that he went through fasting this year by attending an iftar event held by the embassy in Indonesia.
Despite the differences in the period of Ramadan, Indonesians and Palestinians both visit their families when celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
“In general, there are similarities between the traditions for Eid, Eid celebrations in Palestine and Indonesia, because of what we used to do there, visiting family, relatives and neighbors, then visiting graves, visiting parents who have left us, and also we celebrate, make traditional foods in Palestine,” he said.
Not only that, Al-Shun also told that families in Palestine often prepare special meals to celebrate Ramadan. People also visit their families and relatives with sweets and coffee.
Some of the sweets that are usually served during Ramadan are Baklava, Kunafa, Ka’ak Al Aljwa, and Ma’moul.