SUNSET CEREMONY: Attendees pray during Iftar
As the hands of the clock moved to 8:04 pm on Aug. 1, the MGH community shared in Iftar, the communal breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The fast traditionally means abstaining from food and water from dawn to sunset.
This year, some 100 guests joined the ceremony in the Thier Conference Room, sponsored by MGH Human Resources and supported by the Chaplaincy Department. As Muslim attendees prayed, others quietly observed the tradition. After the prayers, all enjoyed traditional Middle Eastern food provided by Nutrition and Food Services.
“MGH is a unique place where you can see the acceptance of diversity in action through events like this,” says Firdosh Pathan, RPh, of the MGH Pharmacy, who helps organize the annual ceremony. “Muslim staff, patients and members of the community feel very strongly about being embraced as part of the mainstream population. Events like this help provide a sense of acceptance.”
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