25 August 2010, Wednesday –My fellow Filipino medical educators and I were honored to attend our very first event in Penang, Malaysia.
As you may know, they refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn to dusk during these times. They practice this for patience, humility and spirituality.
Gathering for the breaking of the fast after sunset is Majlis Berbuka Puasa.
On crossed legs, we sat on the floor in front of each other; there were separate areas for men (lelaki) and women (perempuan).
The event which was in Bahasa focused beyond religion but concern. Videos about inundated Pakistan were shown to raise not only awareness but to plea for help. Donation box was passed on for voluntary contribution.
After they prayed, we feasted on what the’ve served…
Most of us, Pinoy meducationists graced the event wearing our national pride.
With my limited knowledge about their religion and beliefs and our gradual exposure to their culture, I welcome new learnings and experiences with arms wide open.