First Ramadan in Singapore

1st Ramadan in Singapore by Riyadh Zahrani

1st Ramadan in Singapore by Riyadh Zahrani
My name is Riyadh Alzahrani and I’m a Computer Science student at the National University of Singapore under Aramco’s College Degree Program for Non-Employees program (CDPNE).

Last year, Singapore was enforcing relatively-strict lockdown measures with respect to the pandemic, which meant that some of the activities linked with Ramadan, such as gatherings, were not allowed. 

However, one week before this Ramadan, the Singaporean government eased many of these restrictions. For me, this is my first Ramadan living off-campus, and the first in Singapore without such restrictions.

The main event during Ramadan is iftar, when family members or friends gather to break their fast. Because I’m not a great cook myself, I wasn’t able to make the traditional dishes associated with the holy month, such as samosas. However, due to the diverse nature of the Singaporean culture, that is nothing to worry about, since there are numerous restaurants and shops that offer such delights.

I’m very grateful that the restrictions were eased just before the holy month and I cannot wait to gather with my friends and enjoy Ramadan’s activities in their company. 

I wish you all a happy and fulfilling month. Ramadan Mubarak! 

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