Monday, 28 July 2014 - 15:17
Muslims break their fast in Sugar Feast today
Muslims broke their fast in Eid al-Fitr this morning, marking the end of Ramadan and a month of fasting. Muslims in The Netherlands will be celebrating 'Suikerfeest' all day today. There was some confusion as to whether the festivities would commence on Monday or Tuesday, because it depends on the position of the moon on Sunday evening. Ramadan is a muslim holy month of fasting, in which muslims do not eat or drink during the daylight hours. During Sugar Feast, which lasts between one and three days, muslims are not allowed to fast anymore. There are around 400 mosques in The Netherlands where muslims will say special Eid prayer. At the Taqwah mosque in Amsterdam West, around 200 men are expected, according to AT5. According to 23-year-old Bahar Zorluer from Arnhem, Sugar Feast is celebrated by most Turkish families in the city, but not all third-generation young muslims hold themselves to the rituals as strictly as the first-generation did. Bahar was able to do it without a problem, he tells de Gelderlander. "Of course I craved an ice cold coke sometimes in the daytime. But I never really fell into temptation. Ramadan is for me a period that makes me stronger as a person. I understand what I have, the wealth that I live in. And I therefore have sympathy for others who are less well off. Ramadan brings people together."