SSI’s Community Kitchen was the scene of a colourful celebration in July, as people from all faiths and backgrounds celebrated Eid al-Fitr over a meal.
The festivities marked the end of Ramadan – an Islamic holy month where adherents to the religion fast from dawn until sunset. Ramadan is also a time of spiritual reflection, doing good for others, and rejuvenation of religion.
Muslim and non-Muslim people alike gathered at Community Kitchen to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with food, music, dancing and activities.
Children were treated to face painting and craft activities, while older attendees enjoyed calligraphy, self-portraits, photography installations, and henna.
The community meal was a wonderful way to mark the important religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr, and one of the most memorable dishes on the menu was a Middle Eastern milk pudding cooked up by regular participants at the Friendship Garden.
2L of milk
9 tablespoons sugar
9 tablespoons corn flour
3 tablespoons rose water
Cinnamon to taste
- Combine the milk and sugar in a large saucepan bring to the boil.
- Add the corn flour and stir over a medium heat until the mixture is a gelatinous texture.
- Add the rose water and continue to stir until combined.
- Serve the pudding and sprinkle cinnamon on top. It can be eaten warm or chilled.